"The Tiled Church" Basilica di San Marco Tip by BruceDunning
Basilica di San Marco, Venice: 248 reviews and 460 photos
The impressive decoration is the golden tiled church. It is 8000 square meters, and the most colorful and imaginative work in all of the world. Totally beyond imagination how many hours and people it took to complete placing those small tiles. Byzantine and Gothic architecture, and the mosaic was done over 8 centuries, with inlaid tiles starting in the 11th century. Much restoration has been done, starting in the 16th-17th centuries, and continues today.
The beginning of the church is 828-836 with the taking of St. Mark's body from Alexandria. The first church was burned in 976 due to a rebellion. It was rebuilt and the present basilica is is from the 1094 completion. Mosiacs hold stories of the Bible and lives of Christ, Virgin Mary, St. Mark's and other saints. The overall theme is the presentation of Christ's life in three cycles. Many stories are told in the tile display of the religion and Christ and his times. The front has 5 arched entrances, and interior 5 domes, with a form displaying a Greek cross in the middle. The golden alter is 11' by 4 1/2' comprising enamel and multiple jewels. Many items in the church were from Eastern Europe as war and entitlement reparations, most in 1200's.
Today's church is a Patriarch of Venice since 1807
Entry cost is 9.50 Euro. The basilica also holds the treasury to view for an additional charge of 2 Euro. The altar charge is another 2 Euro. A Venice card allows for a much cheaper discount for multiple visits to other sites.
Address: Piazza San Marco - SAN MARCO
Directions: St. Mark's square-could you miss it?
Phone: +39 041 270 8311
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