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  • Address: Piazza San Marco
  • Hours: Mon - Sat 9:45am-5:30pm, Sun and holidays 2pm-4:30pm
  • Admission: Free

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St Mark's Basilica (Basilica of San Marco)

Basilica di San Marco (St Mark's Cathedral) is magnificent. It is both a wonderful architectural flurry of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque and Renaissance styles declaring the wealth of Venice over centuries, and a spiritual place of worship. Its domes and turrets, and gold mosaic stand out over the square and over Venice, and four ancient classical horses top the entrance, taken from Constantinople (Istanbul) when Venice sacked that city around 1200. Inside the church is dazzling. 

The church was begun in 828 when the body of St Mark was returned to Venice, smuggled by merchants from its resting place in Alexandria, Egypt. An angel had told St Mark his final resting place would be Venice (which did not even exist at the time) and the Venetian leaders were keen to make it happen. Over the years, churches were built, burnt, rebuilt and expanded resulting in the incredible building we see today.

Practical Info

Dominating one end of St Mark's Square the church is easy to find. Nearest vaporetto (ferry) stops: Vallaresso/S. Marco.

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Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours, Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Cruise

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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

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Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Cathedral Tour with Entrance to the Baptistery and Zen Chapel

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Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

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Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

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Location: Venice, Italy
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Private Tour: Venice Art and Architecture Walking Tour

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