Saint Mark's Basilica

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  • Address: San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy, Venice
  • Timings: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +39-0412708311
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Family And Kids, Architecture

Saint Mark's Basilica - Review

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The name ‘Church of Gold’ is well deserved. This magnificent Byzantine building is the most opulent, elaborate and lavishly designed/decorated/gifted building in all of Venice. And until the early 18th century, it used to be the Doge’s private little chapel. The only one who had a better building to pray in in the world was the Pope. You are only allowed 10 minutes inside, so make the most of it. The major stands out features (almost each of which have their own fascinating history) are:

  • 8000 sq metres of gilded interior mosaics
  • Five arched portals in the lower register
  • Large bronze doors
  • Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Art
  • Horses of Saint Mark
  • The Winged Lion (Venice’s symbol) above the central window
  • The statue of the Four Tetrarchs from Constantinople
  • Greek cross design
  • Geometrically designed marble floors
  • The gem studded the Golden Pall
  • The Treasury

St. Marks Museum: Housed inside the basilica, it has it’s own fees and is definitely worth checking out. It’s established between the Basilica’s vestibule and the Doge’s old banquet hall. The exhibits here cover the Quadriga, Mosaics, Textiles and Antiques. They are most informative.

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Saint Mark's Basilica Information

  • You cannot bring any bags inside with you; avail the locker facilities.
  • Photos and filming are forbidden.
  • Loud explanations are not allowed, the use of earphones is permitted.
  • Make sure you’re conservatively dressed.
  • Disabled visitors should call +39-0412708311 for arrangements.

Saint Mark's Basilica Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Museum hours are 15 minutes shorter than the Basilica’s. It is open throughout the day on sundays and public holidays.

How To reach Saint Mark's Basilica by Public Transport

  • Vaporetti: From Piazzale Rome- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop.
  • From Santa Lucia Railway Station- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop.
  • From Lido di Venezia- Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 5.2, San Zaccaria stop.

Restaurants Near Saint Mark's Basilica

  • Caffe Florian
  • Caffe Quadri
  • Ristorante Quadri

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  • Saint Mark's Basilica Address: San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy, Venice
  • Saint Mark's Basilica Contact Number: +39-0412708311
  • Saint Mark's Basilica Timing: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Saint Mark's Basilica Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Saint Mark's Basilica(preferred time): 09:45 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Saint Mark's Basilica: 00:30 Mins
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Things to Know Before Visiting Saint Mark's Basilica

  • 95% of people who visit Venice include Saint Mark's Basilica in their plan

  • 34.87% of people start their Saint Mark's Basilica visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Saint Mark's Basilica

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

65.17% of people prefer walking in order to reach Saint Mark's Basilica

People normally club together St Mark's Square and Doge's Palace while planning their visit to Saint Mark's Basilica.

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Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice Reviews

  • A marvelous basilica, but the €5 price of admission to the museum upstairs is a bargain. Not only is the view of the main part of the basilica great, but there are models of the basilica as well as as architectural drawings, the original horses that graced the exterior and you get up close and personal with some amazing mosaics. Want to step out and see the copy horses up close? Can do. Enjoy!!

  • i am disappointed by a staff members behavior on 08/12. After waiting in line for an hour, i was told I could not enter due to the length of my shorts. If this is a rule please just be nice about it, consist with what is allowed, have a specific rule (below knees), and post a sign about this outside. The guy working at the entrance snapped his fingers at me and did not mention that I could purchase a skirt cover to go in. There were many other ladies with same length shorts who were not stopped. I did not feel welcome here.

  • It costs just three euros to enter the Basilica, but it left me thinking that it wasn’t worth the entrance fee. First things first, buy a skip-the-line ticket online, but go to the official website as other ticket outlets bundle in a tour, which increases the cost exponentially. The basilica is the most popular attraction in Venice by far and the queues very quickly build and wind across the square. Shorts and bare shoulders are not allowed, but they will sell you shawl-like coverings for two euros. Because of the number of people in the Basilica at any given time you will be forced to shuffle along with the herd at a snail-like place. It’s very difficult to enjoy any of the architecture at all. And you’re not allowed to take photos inside so you can’t capture any of the sights for reviewing later. They’ll take another couple of euros off you if you want to see any of the side exhibitions, and more if you want to explore other levels of the basilica. We were so disenchanted with the experience we didn’t bother.

  • We tried to go around 10 am and the line was almost to the water so came back close to closing and it was about half that. We maybe waited 15-20 minutes. No bags or backpacks allowed. A lot of people saw be sign at the start of the line and waited all that time and then the guard didn’t let them in. Knees and shoulders covered or they make you wear a blue robe. It was nice on the inside but weird that entrance was free but there was all these little lines to area where you have to pay with little description of what it was. We just toured the main part ourselves.

  • The outside of the basilica is remarkable, in contrary to the interior. It's overrated. • Before queing for half an hour in the sun, don't forget to let your bags in the storage, as indicated. • Make sure to wear "decent" clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) or they'll make you buy a drape to cover yourself. • They will try to make you pay for everything: access to the top of the basilica(5€), access to the treasury room (8€).

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