Basilica di San Marco, Venice

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Renowned worldwide for its priceless treasures, Basilica di San Marco is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Italy. Originally a private chapel for the doges, the city's chief magistrates, this building has been a cathedral only since 1807. Because of its opulent design, gold dome mosaics, and its status as a symbol of the city's wealth and power, the cathedral has been nicknamed the Church of Gold since the 11th century. The interior is based on a Greek cross, with iconic Byzantine onion-bulb domes and Egyptian marble walls. Behind the main altar, containing the sarcophagus of St. Mark, an altarpiece is adorned with hundreds of emeralds, sapphires, rubies, pearls, and amethysts. The front of the building is rippled with five niched portals, each capped with more elaborate mosaics and stone arches. The church also contains a museum, displaying bronze horses brought here in 1204 as part of the loot from Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade. You can enter the church for free, but the museum has an admission fee. Put Basilica di San Marco at the forefront of your travel plans using our Venice visit planning site.
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  • Absolutely spectacular and iconic. I would be careful of the times though it is open. One day it did not open up until 2pm and there is a closing time that is strict as well. We did not purchase a... 
    Absolutely spectacular and iconic. I would be careful of the times though it is open. One day it did not open up until 2pm and there is a closing time that is strict as well. We did not purchase a...  more »
  • As a Catholic, this Basilica is not just architecturally splendid but is also a place for reflection and prayer. The mosaics and soaring columns are great though. We attended the 1845 hours Vigil... 
    As a Catholic, this Basilica is not just architecturally splendid but is also a place for reflection and prayer. The mosaics and soaring columns are great though. We attended the 1845 hours Vigil...  more »
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  • One of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever seen. So much gold, but in a good way. The mosaics are incredible, on the ceilings, on the floors, everywhere. It’s definitely worthwhile to pay extra to go to the museum so you can go on the roof & get a closeup view of the mosaics.
  • The place itself is gorgeous, but under renovation. To get in, its 3€ and most of the church is blocked off, including the seats and all of the side rooms. The entrance fee just lets you walk around the main room. If you want to go up to the tower its another 5€ and the museum is also an additional cost. I walked through it fairly quick as there was not much to see, and there was a big crowd the whole way

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