Basilica di San Marco

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Basilica di San Marco
4.5
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Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.
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Neighbourhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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jonellelsalter
Weybridge, UK25 contributions
Jan 2022
VIsited Basilica di San Marco in January on a Friday, it wasn't very crowded. They checked your covid pass prior to letting you in which I appreciated. The cost to get in was 3 euros, if you then wanted to visit the museum or get to the top to enjoy the view it cost an additional 7 euros. I thought it was very worth it and would happily return. We got some amazing photos and were very fortunate it was a sunny day as well which added to the experience. Highly recommend
Written 16 January 2022
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Lexie G
17 contributions
Dec 2021
The exterior of the building was the highlight of this for me. The interior, while undoubtedly beautiful, wasn't as impressive. There have been other churches that have taken my breath away and this was, sadly, not one of them. Perhaps with the audio guide it would've been more interesting? We didn't spring for it so I'm unsure myself.

We went during the winter off season so the line wasn't too bad, we also got there about 10-15 minutes prior to when they opened so we could queue. Note, that there is a dress code so be aware of that, especially if you are going in the summer. You do need to show your covid pass for entry as well, and you show this prior to paying (which I appreciated). But IMPORTANT NOTE! In Italy they have made it so you're green pass is only valid for 9 months, so if you have been vaccinated more than 9 months prior your green pass will not be valid to go in anywhere.

It costs 3 euros to get in which whatever, that's fine. But you just walk in a loop on the base floor, which does give you the gist of the church and there is PLENTY to marvel at, especially if you know your scripture or are an art person. But, as someone who fits into neither of those categories I was able to go through it *relatively* quickly while still feeling I got everything out of it.

You can pay an additional 5 euros to see the Pala d'Oro which we didn't so I don't have thoughts there.

We did pay the additional 7 euros to do the museum part and walk at the top. Being able to walk outside on the roof was very cool and we spent the majority of our time out there. There are many ornate parts of the architecture that are worth admiring. The museum itself is a lot of mosaics and tapestries so if that's your thing, go for it.

There is also some construction happening on the exterior right now so you don't get to fully take it in but it is still beautiful.

Overall, it is a bit underwhelming but I'm glad that we went. If this will be your only time in Venice, I would still recommend going as it is a staple, but also check out the churches that are more off the beaten path as there are some other beautiful ones as well (that are free).
Written 22 December 2021
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Rosy C
Italy62 contributions
Nov 2021
A place to be respected. Now costs 3 euros to enter as work is being financed to protect the basilica from acqua alta.
Written 19 December 2021
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Theo P
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates59 contributions
Jan 2021
Visited during the time that it was under water, access was restricted, would have loved to see the inside. Will have to return.
Written 15 December 2021
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drlcs1
280 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Beautiful church. We were there in winter and it was no trouble getting in.

If u don’t have a guide, the church website has some explanation of the history to give u context for the importance of the church to the city.
Written 14 December 2021
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Benit Grazie
Brescia, Italy5 contributions
Jul 2021
As a regular tourist to Venezia i love love love to walk and explore the saure, love just sitting and focusing and locals, tourists and that large ships.
Written 12 December 2021
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Ron Lunch
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
The best part about our visit to St Marks Basillica was the gift shop. Really pretty necklaces at a very reasonable price, presented to us by a very friendly italian man! (Shop clerk)

The outside is far more impressive than the inside of this heavily overrated “church”

Surrounded by fencing and scaffolding the inside was poorly lit and saturated with loud, fat, hot dog guzzling tourists who had no respect or interest in the history of the moment. You are ferried in the front having paid €6 each (blasphemy) through wire fencing where you reach the entrace. A loud bleep accompanies your “barcode scan” which echoes throughout the ennourmous interior. At least 2 pigeons resided in the upper tiers causing serious disruption through multiple squarks and fear of poo. As you are herded along a barrier lined passageway like cattle going to the slaughter you quickly realise aside from lavish gold mosaics and latin poems (which I cant read) there is nothing to see unless you are a builder or want to reach into your wallet for an extra €7 to see the museum and walk along the “balcony” which is packed full of more english fatties. If you are really up for the full experience though, you can pay a startling €3 to see the “pad vero” or something similar which apparently is something a bit more ancient than the rest of the ancient tiles and statues. We left exhausted, confused and let down, the only respite being the above mentioned gift barn where we panicked and bought some beads and a ceremonial helmet. Unfortunately, said helmet is not pictured for personal reasons.

Overall, a little embarrassing. Other churches off the beaten track are far more beautiful, not overcrowded and worth your time. Queuing for hours to get into what is basically a glorified barn yard with some overly extravagant mosaics is not really what we had in mind on our visit to ventice.
Written 12 December 2021
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harryzac
Oldham, UK297 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
You’ll need your green health pass. Currently a lot of renovation going on but the interior is still stunning. €3 entry. €5 extra for the altarpiece. €7 more for the museum, the horses and the balcony. The interior was more than enough for us. Amazing.
Written 1 December 2021
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sharonweidelman
Springfield, MO90 contributions
Nov 2021
Be on the Balcony at Noon to hear all the St Mark's square area bells sound so worth the admission of the upper level of St Marks!

Written 29 November 2021
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Emily F
Nashville, TN43 contributions
Oct 2021
A must-do tour. The floors alone in the basilica blew me away. The mosaics on the outside, the views from the terrace, the horses. All so incredible to learn about and see up close!
Written 14 November 2021
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