Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

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Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice - Address, Phone Number

Address: San Marco, 328, Venezia, Italy

Phone: +39-0412708311

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Time Required: 00:30 Mins

Timings: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details

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About Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

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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  • You're not supposed to take pictures, but couldn't resist. This place is grand. It's huge. Took us a while to get round. You can go through the main part of the cathedral, but you have to pay to see the relics on the ground floor. There's a museum upstairs. Cost €5 each, but it was well worth it. You get to go on the balcony and look at the square, and there's a museum also with mosaic that's nearly 900 years old. Very interesting.

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  • Really amazing. It is really the fact that literally 1000+ years of human history here. You really can feel it in your bones by touching the stones with the realization that someone else touched that stone 700 years ago and might have been thinking it was old then. San Marco Square and Basilica are definitely a must see in Venice.

  • This is a wonderful sight! It is beautiful, and incredibly historic. Two suggestions for those visiting. The lines are incredibly long, and they only let so many people into the basilica at a time. However, you can register online for a timed slot. You literally just show up at the appointed time, and you can skip the whole line. And second is that if you would like to visit the dungeon, you need to make sure to get there early. All of the dungeon tours are before 10:30. Have fun!

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  • Wow. The place is so grand and the mosaics are so detailed. Go when they turn the lights on. If you can’t go then, go during the day when it’s bright outside. Avoid late afternoons/overcast days as the basicilia gets really dark inside so you can’t really appreciate the grandeur.

  • Gorgeous, stunning mosaics, MUST SEE. After you go inside, go out outside onto the walkway to see the Quadriga horses (amazing originals are inside) and the views of Piazza San Marco... breathtaking!

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