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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 493 Reviews

Experience the highlights of Venice on a full-day sightseeing tour that combines three best-selling Venice tours at a discount of ten percent! The ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $128.53
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit, Venice, Super Savers
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

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 $80.16
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Small-Group Legendary Venice St Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace, Venice, Night Tours
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Small-Group Legendary Venice St Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $77.80
Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking ... 
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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to two top Venice attractions — Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica — on tours led by an expert local guide, and see the city’s ...  Read more

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

From USD $86.25
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Super Savers
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 407 Reviews

See the top Venice attractions in a short space of time on this comprehensive Best of Venice walking tour! With an expert guide, see sights like Rialto Bridge ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: Standard Tour: approx. 1.5h/2h
Tour plus Doge's Palace: approx. 3.5 hours

From USD $43.97
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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $140.94
Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Walking Tours
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

4 star rating: Recommended 997 Reviews

Skip the line at St Mark’s Basilica and explore St Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around St Mark’s Square as your ...  Read more

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

From USD $28.19
Welcome to Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Basilica San Marco and Gondola Ride, Venice, ... 
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Welcome to Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Basilica San Marco and Gondola Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

If you’ve always wanted to explore enchanting Venice on foot and from the water, the Venice Walking Tour & Gondola Ride is the perfect introduction ...  Read more

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

From USD $77.80
Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 145 Reviews

Venice is like an open-air museum, and for first-time visitors this one-hour highlights walk of St. Mark's Square is a must. The tour focuses on grandeur of ...  Read more

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

From USD $28.19
Skip-The-Line: St Mark's Cathedral Tour with Entrance to the Baptistery and Zen Chapel, Venice, ... 
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Skip-The-Line: St Mark's Cathedral Tour with Entrance to the Baptistery and Zen Chapel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Skip-the-line at St Mark’s Cathedral and discover its precious interiors and treasures on this one-hour bilingual tour. Led by a professional guide, you ...  Read more

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

From USD $22.55

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