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Basilica di San Marco



St Mark’s Basilica, a superb example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style with five cupolas, was built (10thC) to house the body of the St Mark the Evangelist. The facade features five portals decorated in splendid marbles and mosaics, and with a terrace dividing it into two halves. On the terrace stand Four Horses of gilded copper (copies - the originals are now preserved inside) that were sent from Constantinople to Doge Enrico Dandolo in 1204. Splendid mosaics in the atrium relate the stories of the Bible. The imposing interior in the form of a Greek cross contains a wealth of paintings and sculptures. Of particular interest are mosaics of Veneto-Byzantine origin, some of them reconstructed from drawings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. The Bell Tower adjacent to the basilica was once a lighthouse for ships. At the foot of the tower is a 16th century loggia by J. Sansovino.

Admission Pala D'Oro: 2.50 €, reduction 1 €
Admission Treasury: 3 €, reduction 1.50 €

Address and Info

Address: Piazza S.Marco, 1, 30124, Venezia

AreaVenezia, City Center, San Marco



Getting there: Line 4.2, 5.2 stop San Zaccaria

Opening times: From November to March/April (Easter) 9.45am-5pm, Sunday and Holidays 2pm-4pm; from March/April (Easter) to November 9.45am-5pm, Sunday and Holidays 2pm-5pm (opening times may vary due to Liturgical rites)

The Basilica will be closed on 8-16-17-21-24 May 2015


Additional informationLeft Baggage Service
For security reasons, it is strictly forbidden to enter the Basilica with luggages and backpacks. A left luggage service has been created at the Ateneo San Basso in Calle San Basso 315/A, with the following timetable:
every day from 10am to 4.30pm/5pm

The service of left luggage office can be used free of charge only by visitors of the Basilica of Saint Mark. Visitors must therefore collect their belongings immediately after leaving the Basilica.

Guided visits
The Tourism and Pilgrimages Pastoral Office of the Diocese of Venice, in collaboration with the Procuratoria of St. Mark, offers the possibility of taking a guided tour inside St. Mark's Basilica. The tours can be taken every day (excluding Sundays and holidays) from April to October at 11 a.m. The meeting point is in the basilica's atrium next to the centre doorway - right side - where the calendar for other tours is given in detail in Italian and other languages.
Groups are accepted only with prior reservations.
Phone (+39) 041 241 3817 from 10am to 12am Monday to Friday for information.

Visit to the Basilica can be booked in advance on www.venetoinside.com

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