Saint Mark's Basilica

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  • Address: San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy, Venice
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  • Timings: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +39-0412708311
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Family And Kids, Architecture
Tickets From $38.62

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 Travel Tips

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Time required to visit Saint Mark's Basilica: 00:30 Mins
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  • 76.81% of people who visit Venice include Saint Mark's Basilica in their plan

  • 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

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

54.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting 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.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Saint Mark's Basilica Reviews & Ratings

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    On 11-Jan-2019

    St marks basilica is the jewel of Venice, stunning and striking in design and beauty.