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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Church
Ranked #4 in Venice things to do
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Piazza San Marco, 328, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 270 8311
http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/
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Started in the 9th Century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows an eastern and Byzantine influence: note the golden altarpiece and the 13th and 14th-century mosaics that illustrate the cycles ... Read more
of the Bible. The magnificent domes date from the 12th Century. The Basilica houses the Marciano Museum, which contains the original bronze horses, copies of which are now on the terrace. Other great artworks are located in the Pala d'Oro , along with masterpieces of Gothic gold-smithing, located just behind the altar. At hundreds of years in the making, this beautiful basilica is not just a work of art itself, but houses some of the most important works of art in the world. Step inside (though mind the dress code) to marvel at the golden altarpiece, the mosaics dating back to the 13th century and which portray the cycles of the Bible, and the jaw-dropping domes. The basilica also houses the Marciano Museum and a wonderful display of the most amazing goldsmith work of the Gothic era.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

A must-visit but book in advance to skip the line and leave your backpack elsewhere.

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Minot, North Dakota, USA

Incredible architecture inside and out. Lines are a little long to get inside but the art inside explains it all.

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New York City, New York State, USA

San Marco is a Venetian jewel. It's often crowded with tourists and strict guides yelling that no photos are allowed (I snuck them anyway), but it's a must-see pretty much any time you're in the city, just to marvel at the gold mosaic tiling and incredible architecture.

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Foster City, California, USA

St Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco in Italian) is the most famous basilica that overlooks the Piazza San Marco.

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Cape Town, South Africa

A holy and historic site to visit while in Venice. Lines are long, so check opening times and go early. Absolutely stunning on the inside. The Basilica is definitely worth the wait though, so ornate and intricate, and entry is free.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Basilica di San Marco is quite lovely and the paintings (even on the exterior at night) almost seem as though they're lit from within.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The main church in Venice the Basilica di San Marco is in San Marco Square in the center of the city. In order to go inside you must be appropriately dressed. If your shorts or skirt are too short they will give you a paper wrap to cover your legs.

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Cambridge

It's the giant church that lords it over Venice. Pretty much a must see on any trip.

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Reading, UK

Unusual cathedral comprising a mish mash of styles from Byzantine to Orthodox to Gothic. It can get very crowded and you need to dress appropriately for a cathedral.

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Portland, Oregon, USA

Beautiful! Amazing! I went to Venice two months ago! I visited St. Mark's Basilica and I was so excited to see this masterpiece! A great mix of art! I suggest to prebook the entrance on internet with venetoinside.com! It was really quick without any queue! www.venetoinside.com

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Pinellas Park, Florida

Throughout Europe, I've seen many cathedrals, but this is still one of the most impressive. The golden ceiling is stunning. Entrance is free, but to see the treasury or altar, you'll have to pay a few euros

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Menlo Park

One of the most beautiful Bascillica ever. Do not miss the incredible jeweled screen behind the altar!

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Cocoa, Florida

The Basilica of San Marco was built in the eleventh century, and it was the Venetian leader's (the Doge) Chapel. It was only during the early part of the 19th century that it became a Basilica serving the Venetian people. When you visit Venice and see Saint Mark's you'll notice that it is different looking from most of the Catholic Basilicas that you've seen. That is because the architecture is Byzantine.

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The Chicagoland Area, Illinois, USA

The most visible building on the plaza di San Marco is the Basilica. There is even a smaller version located at the Italy Pavilion at Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

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City of Industry, California, USA

In the well known St. Mark's square, is the St. Mark's Basilica. You can't come to Venice and not go inside.

While we were there, in the morning, the line was LONG and we didn't want to wait, since we were in Venice for one day, but later in the afternoon there was practically no line, so we went in. Absolutely beautiful inside. You could easily go in and out in about 10-15 mins if you aren't looking at every little thing. It's free to go in, but there are a bunch of separate sections to walk into that will cost you a few Euros.

Also - no backpacks - but purses and shopping bags of the same size are okay, so keep that in mind.

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (or Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco) is a signature Church among many in Venezia. It is the most famous of the City's churches and one of the best known examples of Italy-Byzantine architecture. You can't miss it from the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace, easily visible from the water, and with well marked directions in all the right places.

It's a Beauty, with its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. The Chiesa d'Oro also expects modesty and no backpacks. So for the few times that I have entered the Church, the bag got checked nearby, shorts and flip flops were out, and women covered up a bit more. There's also sometimes a bit of a line, but it's worth the wait and the "Oh Wow" factor once you're inside. If you want to actually come here and attend Mass, there's a side entrance for that.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

Amazing, iconic architecture that left me breathless. After seeing countless churches that all seem to run together after a while, this unique Byzantine structure really stood out.

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Bucharest, Romania
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The most iconic church in Venice, recognizable from afar. It is truly spectacular. It was originall built as a Greek Church which can be seen from its iconostasy. Go up the stairs to the second level to observe up-close the 24K gold plated mosaics of saints, as well as to see the original 4 golden horses gracing the entrance to the basilica. If you exit on the terrace, you will have an unbelievable view of the Piazza di San Marco from above.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA

This church was built to commemorate an outbreak of plague and is a prominent fixture on the Venetian skyline. Located at the mouth of the Grand Canal it has its own Vaporetto stop.

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Beirut, Lebanon

Since it's free and on the Top10 list of the 'LonelyPlanet's' guide, the grandeur of the basilica will impress you with the million golden mosaic pieces covering the ceiling.

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