Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

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  • 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
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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

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  • Caffe Quadri
  • Ristorante Quadri

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Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice Reviews

  • The centre of Venice and very popular. St Marks church is free to enter and is most definitely worth seeing, unfortunately no photography is allowed inside. The architecture and painting is mesmerising. It’s worth €3 to go up to the horses balcony, although they are not the originals brought from Constantinople in the fourth crusade the view itself is amazing.

  • I may not be wrong when I say that this is the heart of Venice. Be aware that long lines to enter the Basilica are frequent so you'll have to wait patiently before going inside the temple. However, what you see inside is simply astonishing: all bathed in gold. And those horses brought from Constantinople! Can't miss this place

  • Beautiful basilica both in the day and in the night. During the day, we could go in to visit. We just had to leave our bags at a separate location - a stones throw away from the church. Someone outside the church will tell you where to go. It's free and seems secure but take your valuables with you! Entry to the church is free, but inside you can pay extra to go to the museum of climb up to the balcony to see the view of the square. We were happy enough just walking around the church

  • My family and I visited 5 cities in December 2017 and the most horrible and appalling experience was in Venice at the St Mark's Basilica. First of all, it is so dimly lit, you need a flashlight to see its' beauty. Secondly, even though you are not supposed to take pictures, everyone was doing so. A guard spotted me and told me "NO PICTURES" and proceeded to escort me outside. Once outside he told me to "Go Back to Africa". Needless to say I was very upset and angry at the gall of this racist, arrogant, vile and rude individual and we had a heated argument My husband spoke to his superior, but felt there was no recourse. Italy is a very wonderful country and many of the places we visited, we were treated with dignity and respect (the way everyone should be treated). However, it takes only one person to cast negative aspersions to spoil what would have been a great vacation. There is no doubt that the Mark's Basilica employees need a great deal of sensitivity and hospitality training.

  • This Baroque masterpiece needs to be seen to be believed. Its location in the heart of St Mark's Square nestled amidst picturesque canals only adds to its charm. This was definitely the highlight of our visit to Venice!

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