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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 $43.36
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

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 1.5 - 3.5 hours

From USD $90.14
Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour, Venice, Night Tours
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Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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 $60.47
The Splendours of St Mark's Venice Tour, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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The Splendours of St Mark's Venice Tour

Venice’s most iconic and grandiose square, St Mark’s. The extraordinary and exotic history of the most stunning space in Venice. The breath-taking ...  Read more

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

From USD $27.38
Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Walking Tours
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Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica

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Enjoy a leisurely 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 Rialto ...  Read more

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

From USD $112.96
Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours, Venice, Walking Tours
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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

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Get 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 $57.05
Small-Group Legendary Venice St Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Small-Group Legendary Venice St Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace

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

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

From USD $78.73
Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride, Venice, ... 
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Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride

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If you only have a short time to explore Venice this tour is your perfect all-inclusive ticket to the top attractions of the city. Follow one of the expert, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $142.63
Skip the Lines: Guided Tours to Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Walking Tours
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Skip the Lines: Guided Tours to Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica

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A skip-the- lines guided tour to discover Venice's architectural gems and historical symbols: The Doge's Palace and the St Mark's Basilica.

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

From USD $57.05
St Marks Cathedral and its Treasures - Skip The Line Guided Tour, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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St Marks Cathedral and its Treasures - Skip The Line Guided Tour

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Get in touch with the millennial history and art of the most important religious building in Venice and enjoy the quiet of a charming cloister dating back as ...  Read more

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

From USD $24.53

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