Saint Mark's BasilicaCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
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.
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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Saint Mark's Basilica
85.2% of people who visit Venice include Saint Mark's Basilica in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
31.22% 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
54.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Saint Mark's Basilica
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Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice Reviews
Nothing like it. Well worth the wait in the cue to enter (but arrive early). I have been to the Vatican, and this basilica is really really up to the challenge. Don't get scared by the enormous number of people willing to enter. It is worthy! Mind the stupidity: exposed shoulders, legs, and backpacks are not allowed.
The outside is amazing. The inside would be as well were it not for people yelling no photo no photo and trying to have u pay extra money to see additional stuff. They claim it's all for maintaining sacredness of the place but what they're doing is defeating the purpose.
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!!
Beautiful church, beautiful paintings in it - but dress appropriate (knees and shoulders need to be covered but don't worry you can buy a blue 'coat' for 2 euros, or mabye someone nice and thoughtful passes her/his bought 'coat' on to you and you could pass yours on to the next fellow and so on... ;)) The main church is for free; but for the tower, museums and other parts you have to pay! Backpacks are not allowed, but they offer deposit in a sidestreet for free! I have been there at 5 pm, I had to queue about five minutes - so I guess if you are there at the right time you won't even have to wait and are able to experience a beautiful venetian church.
Skip-the-line tickets take you straight in! However, expect to pay another €8 or so if you'd like to actually see all of the basicila. There's a couple euro fee here and there to go to different parts which feels like nickel and diming, why not just include it in the total price?? They don't seem to let tons of people in at once so it's not super crowded. Dress appropriately as with all Italian basilicas and churches. Best view of the mosaic is actually on the way out, after leaving the basilica right after you pass the gift shop there are still mosaic images on the wall and ceiling. The natural light makes it much easier to see the details!! Don't miss it!