Saint Mark's Basilica24241 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy, Venice
- Timings: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-0412708311
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Family And Kids, Architecture
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 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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80.81% of people who visit Venice include Saint Mark's Basilica in their plan
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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
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The church is definitely worth visiting and seeing from the inside - although in the summer from the early morning you should reckon with long (even tens of minutes or longer) queues. You will be surprised how many elements from the building (external and internal) you already know from books and other photos. For those who want to attend the mass - the entrance is from the north side, you should have a modest outfit (if necessary legs can be shielded with available kerchiefs) and inform the service about the purpose of the visit - then they will direct through side passages to the presbytery where the mass is celebrated (during that time there is no sightseeing). Note: attending mass does not allow visiting the temple later, although you can see everything during the mass.
Beautiful place. You can enjoy the views of this area and square by taking a break at one of the many cafes with "free" music. We sat at cafe around dinner time until it got dark and the difference between day and night are amazing and beautiful. Beware of birds trying to snatch at your food and mosquitoes attacking you for your delicious blood. Also, police will give you a warning if you are caught feeding the birds.
Wasn’t let in because of my outfit. I had already anticipated this and had brought a long sleeve to cover a bit (we visited while the weather was extremely hot). Still, they said I needed to purchase a robe that would not cover me any more than my own clothes that I had brought with me, but still. So we decided to skip the visit just because of this.
St Mark's is the epicentre of Venice for the locals and tourists and it is simply one of those things you have to do if you visit Venice. The size and grandeur of the buildings is staggering; beautifully decorated and symmetrical they surround you. Underneath are many historical jewellery shops and cafes. It is a must to visit and the locals hold many events here throughout the year so check to see if there is something on that would be of interest.
The church itself is astounding. The golden frescoes are truly unique, and I've been in a lot of cathedrals! The only negative is how you're herded to shuffle through the visiting route, which slightly spoils the experience. It would be nicer to be able to sit, and appreciate the majesty. Still, a top experience for Venice.