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St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Bell Tower
St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Bell Tower
Located in the heart of St Mark’s Square, the St. Mark's Basilica stands tall as a magnificent example of Byzantine architecture. Revered as a symbol of Venice, the church is breathtaking on the inside as it is on the outside with its awe-inspiring mosaics, and priceless works of art, including the esteemed Pala d'Oro altarpiece.
Duration: 1 hour
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Duration: 1-4 hours
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 72- 24 hours before your experience begins for a full refund.
Duration: 1-4 hours
Cancellation Policy: Most tickets can be canceled up to 72- 24 hours before your experience begins for a full refund, while some cannot be canceled or rescheduled. Check your ticket for more information.
Duration: 2-4 hours
The Pala d’Oro is an exquisite structure made of Byzantine enamel. It is globally recognized to be one of the most sophisticated and accomplished works with both of its sides decked with thousands of jewels and pearls.
The treasury at St. Mark's Basilica houses of the most special collections of Byzantine portable objects. You will find reliquaries, liturgical vessels, and vestments used during religious ceremonies, many of them Constantinople.
The museum showcases several objects and artifacts that are historically related to the heritage of St. Mark's Basilica. The collection includes an incredible curation of liturgies, Persian carpets, broken fragments of mosaic, golden tesserae, 78 bones of different Saints, and many other relics.
The putative corpse of St Mark is held at St. Mark's Basilica. The corpse was stolen and smuggled all the way from Egypt, by Venetian merchants. The main intention of constructing the basilica was to serve as a tomb for St Mark.
There are several transept chapels in St. Mark's Basilica that are adorned with exquisite Byzantine mosaics, paintings, and marble sculptures. Some of the noteworthy ones are Cappella della Madonna dei Máscoli, Cappella della Madonna Nicopeia and Cappella di San Clemente.
St. Mark's Basilica has 5 cupolas — the Narthex, the Western dome, the Central dome, the Northern dome, and the Southern dome —all decked with golden mosaics that depict scenes from the Bible. The best place to view these domes is from the galleries near the museum.
Two key features of the interiors of the basilica are the marble floors and the golden mosaics. The marble floor, spread over 2099 sq m, is made up of thousands of earth-toned individual pieces laid down to depict various scenes and patterns. The mosaic, made from ground gold, depicts biblical scenes and historical events and lights up the entire Basilica in a warm glow when sunlight creeps in.
St. Mark’s Campanile is the bell tower of St. Mark's Basilica. Standing 99 meters high on Piazza San Marco., it is easily one of the most popular symbols in the city. The tower has a very simple structure with a square shaft made from flute brick and topped with a pyramidal spire at the top. You can purchase a ticket and go all the way up on a lift to witness aerial panoramas of Venice and the lagoons
St. Mark's Square is always bustling with life. With every step, you’ll find something intriguing and interesting to see here. While you’re in the vicinity, check out the following attractions after exploring St. Mark’s Basilica.
A. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance, or online. It is recommended that you purchase the tickets online so as to avoid the long lines.
A. Yes, you need tickets to visit several parts of St. Mark's Basilica, including the Pala d'Oro and the Treasury. However, access to the Basilica itself is free.
A. Yes, tickets can be purchased online. You can find top-rated St. Mark's Basilica tickets here.
A. The cost of tickets varies depending on the type of ticket and tour. Entry tickets with audio guides start from €20.50, while guided tours can cost upwards of €39.
A. Discounted tickets may be available for certain groups, such as students and senior citizens. Check with the ticket at the time of checkout for details.
A. Yes. If you want to skip the excruciatingly long lines for the Basilica entry, you can purchase priority access tickets to the Basilica. However, these tickets will not include a guided tour or access to the Pala d’Oro altar, Museum, Treasury, Campanile, and Crypt.
A. St. Mark's Basilica is a famous church located in Venice, that is known for its intricate mosaics, stunning architecture, and historical significance.
A. Highlights of St. Mark's Basilica include the Pala d'Oro, the Treasury, the crypt, the transept chapels, and the magnificent domes.
A. The best route to follow would start at the atrium. Start from atop and climb up the stairs to the Loggia – Museo di San Marco (San Marco Museum). After exploring the museum, make your way down and amble through the Treasury, to view the Pala d’Oro and sarcophagus of St. Mark. After this, follow the north aisle and exit the church. Once you’re outside, spend some time looking at the extraordinary exterior facades of St. Mark’s Basilica.
A. The opening hours of St. Mark's Basilica are from 9:30 AM to 5:15 PM, daily, except on Sundays, when only the St.Mark's Museum is open from 9:30; the Basilica only opens at 2 PM.
A. You will need at least one hour to the basilica. Visitors can spend longer if they wish to fully appreciate the details and history.
A. St. Mark's Basilica is located in the Piazza San Marco in the heart of Venice, Italy.
A. St. Mark's Basilica can be reached by waterbus, or on foot.
A. Facilities include restrooms, a gift shop, and audio guides in multiple languages.
A. Unfortunately, no. Photography and filming is strictly prohibited inside the Basilica .
A. Yes, the basilica is accessible to visitors with disabilities, including wheelchair users.
A. Yes, St. Mark's Basilica is a must-visit attraction thanks to its historical significance, stunning architecture, and impressive artwork.