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  • Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124, Italy
  • 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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Walking Through the City of Venice, Venice, null
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Walking Through the City of Venice

Venice is like a fairytale little world to visit on foot or by boat. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience walking through the City of Venice!

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.02
Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Combined guided tour of the Doges Palace and Saint Marks Basilica. This combined walking tour lets you explore and hear stories of the Venetian Doge and his ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.22
Absolute Venice Walking Tour with Skip the Line Golden Basilica and Doges Palace, Venice, ... 
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Absolute Venice Walking Tour with Skip the Line Golden Basilica and Doges Palace

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Enjoy this combined guided walking and the best way to see Venice, part of our tour is off the beaten track and away from the main tourist sites giving you a ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.12
Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica

This 1.5-hour evening walking tour will provide you access to Saint Mark’s Basilica, one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the world, after closing time. ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.08
Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Nightlife
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Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica

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Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour walking tour in the morning through Venice in a small group (maximum 6 people). Take in the splendor of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.87
The Splendors of St. Mark's Venice Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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The Splendors of St. Mark's Venice Tour

Skip the line to see iconic St. Mark’s Basilica, and learn about the history of its construction and the accumulation of its treasures, during this 45-minute ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.07
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit, Venice, Walking Tours
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit

Explore St Mark’s Basilica without the crowds on an after-hours tour, and enjoy an optional visit to Doge's Palace, if you wish. Inside St Mark’s Basilica, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 1.5 - 3.5 hours

From USD $85.28
Venice Inferno Private Tour, Venice, Night Tours
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Venice Inferno Private Tour

Private tour in Venice to see the amazing places of the city and most importantly those described in the novel by Dan Brown: Inferno. Enjoy 3-hours walking in ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.34
Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

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Take advantage of the skip-the-line service on this 2-hour tour that gives you the exclusive opportunity to go back in time and discover two of the most ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.22
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

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If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take a ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.69

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