"Basilica di San Marco" Basilica di San Marco Tip by Tijavi

Basilica di San Marco, Venice: 249 reviews and 465 photos

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San Marco owes its uniqueness to the blend of architectural and decorative styles reflected in the building itself and its interiors. For instance, the facade is seemingly a jumble of oriental and romanesque architectural styles - but the effect is fascinating.

I specifically liked the mosaics that adorned the facade and the central dome (the Ascension Dome) inside created by 13th century Venetian craftsmen. The image of St Mark and the angels with the giant cross on the backdrop present great photo opportunities (see main photo).

Visitors to the cathedral are requested to dress appropriately, and bags are not allowed inside. There is a free one-hour storage just off Piazzetta San dei Leoni (to the right of the cathedral). While entrance to the cathedral is free, it is worth visiting the museum (entrance fee of 3 euros) which contains St Mark's original gilded bronze horses (the ones on the facade are replicas) as well mosaics, medieval manuscripts and antique tapestries. From the museum balcony, one could also view the hordes of tourists milling around Piazza San Marco.

Address: Piazza San Marco - SAN MARCO
Phone: +39 041 2708311
Website: http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/eng/basilica_tesoro/tesorosanmarco_appr.bsm?cat=1&subcat=4

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2008
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