"Basilica di San Marco" Basilica di San Marco Tip by cheapskate
Basilica di San Marco, Venice: 249 reviews and 465 photos
If you're going to Piazza San Marco, how can you not visit the Basilica of Saint Mark. Oh yah.. you should know by now that Venice is sinking and this has taken a toll on the church.. you'd probably notice that the ground isn't even.
Well... each city in Italy had their patron saint.. Venice had no except.. and so the Venetian patron saint is Saint Mark. His body was actually stolen from Santa Sophia, his egyptian burial place. He was reburied several times.. but finally his body is resting in the high alter.
Here's the thing about the basilica... You MUST visit it. To go into the main hall is FREE.. bravo..
BUT.. there's a small catch.. there are many so areas that you would have to pay to get into.. I think there were 2 or 3 parts, one such was the Pala d'Oro which houses some jewels and other bling.. and costs about 1.50euros to go in. I didn't go into any though.
What i did do was to go up the second level of the basilica.. get closer to the mosaic frescoes of the church. It's all gold.. and it's quite a sight to behold although the 2nd level isn't that high up.. but you get a more complete overview of the church...
Of course.. you get to see the original 4 bronze horses... hahaha.. and you get to climb out to the balcony of the church and take even more pictures.. and get a more aerial view of Piazza San Marco.
Address: Piazza San Marco - SAN MARCO
Phone: +39 041 2708311
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