Basilica di San Marco

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Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
574 reviews
Saint Mark' s basilica. Jan 31, 2018
The first church on the same spot of the basilica was built in 828 to house the remains of saint Mark the evangelist. These were stolen by two Venetian merchants from Alexandria in Egypt. Much of this church was destroyed in 974 by a fire originated in the Ducal Palace. Later a second church was built.

The church we see today is the result of the transformations made between the XIth and the end of the XIV centuries.

It was the ducal chapel until 1807, when it became cathedral.

The church is decorated with mosaics made from the XII to the XIV century. There are mosaics both outside and inside of this worship place.

One of its highlights is the Pala d' Oro. This golden altarpiece is decorated with 2000 gemstones. It is 3 metres wide and 2 meters high and is made of gold and silver. It was made between the X and the XIV centuries.

Inside the basilica you can visit the treasury. It is located behind the main altar.
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
They many magnificent styles of St. Mark's Oct 02, 2012
The Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark's Basilica) is the principal church of Venice and one of the anchors of the Piazza di San Marco. As its name implies, it is dedicated to St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice.

St. Mark's bones were said to have been brought to Venice from Egypt in 829. Construction of a church in his honor commenced in 830. Originally Romanesque in design, it was rebuilt in the 11th century in Byzantine style. The facade, domes, chapels, and mosaics continued to be reworked over the centuries and as Venice grew in power and conquests, St.Mark's was accordingly richly adorned.

The best view is from the Piazza di San Marco. (You really can't see the entire church at ground level.) I really like the Middle Eastern style domes and mosaic work. You can clearly see that Venice was a meeting place of East and West. Be sure to inspect the facade close up. The Lion of Sty Mark is there. But so is a Roman Quadriga. The four Horses of St Mark's were a Roman triumphal sculpture that was brought to Venice from Constantinople in 1204. (A modern replica is in place today. The real ones are on display inside.) A series of mosaic lunettes depict the life of St. Mark.

Visitors will see the outside by being on Piazza di San Marco, but the interior must be seen, too. Unlike most churches, visits are rather regimented. A continuous line works it way through the nave from right to left, passing the magnificent Pala d'Oro bejeweled golden altar screen. All above in the ceiling are more mosaics, centering on the 13th Century Ascension Dome. The interior is kept rather dark, giving a timeless atmosphere to the setting.

Interior photography is not permitted.

Part of the Venice and its Lagoon UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco: Facade
The Quadriga of St. Mark's (The Ho…
Basilica di San Marco: Facade
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Vikram says:
This is one of the most historic sites and your review does it justice as always. Well done!
Posted on: Jan 10, 2013
spocklogic says:
I guess it is because of the flash photography. If not for commercial reasons, such as art museums, places should allow no-flash photos.
Posted on: Jan 09, 2013
rsvpme says:
The best places forbid photography..shame...
Posted on: Jan 09, 2013
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Best church in Venice Oct 09, 2010
Located in the heart of Venice by Piazza San Marco, this must be the city’s most famous and prettiest church. The architectural style is Byzantine and the church was nicknamed the Church of gold in the eleventh century as it was so opulent.

I really enjoyed the domes which crown the church as well as the intricately carved figures. The queues for this church are always long at any time of the day, and photography is prohibited inside. I particularly recommend visiting the church during late afternoon and just before sunset; the figures are bathed in the most beautiful light and the five domes glisten. Like the Pantheon in Rome, there is just something so beautiful about this building.

Well worth seeing if you are in Venice. The crowds are chaotic, but you have to put up with some things to see such beauty.
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Vipin says:
haha, thanks very much Martin :)
Posted on: Jan 04, 2011
joehobo says:
The last sentence sums it all.Congrats.
Posted on: Jan 04, 2011
sarah_82 sarah_82
14 reviews
Campanile (Bell-Tower) di San Marco Jul 15, 2008
Venice's most commanding landmark, the Campanile di San Marco, stands just opposite St. Mark's Basilica. The bell-tower of the basilica is the tallest building in Venice, at 99 metres(325 feet), and happily is open to the public who can enjoy the superb views over the city.

The campanile assumed its present appearance in 1514 after the completion of extensive reconstruction work. Thereafter, it remained virtually unaltered until it suddenly crumbled to the ground on 14 July 1902. There are no recorded deaths other than that of a cat:). It was quickly rebuilt in accordance to the Italian philosophy com'era, dov'era (how it was, where it was) in time for the opening ceremony on 25 April 1912, the “Feast of St Marks.

Expect a queue almost all year round and a €6 entrance fee. But your patience and few euros will buy you a sight you will not soon forget.
Il Campanile from a vaporetto boat…
yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Beautiful Basilica di San Marco and amazing view from the Campanile Jun 15, 2006
When you are in Piazza San Marco, you can't miss the Basilica or the Campanile.

The Basilica is very beautiful. There are always queues, but it's worth to do them. Do not forget to wear appropriate clothing, which means no shorts, miniskirts or without sleeves shirts. You will see a lot art pieces inside and can climb the dome to see the original horses and get a nice view of the Piazza.

Just opposite of the Basilica, you will find the Campanile or bell-tower. In order to climb it, you have to pay a fee. The fee is totally worth. The view is breathtaking!!! You can also get an audio guide who will explain you about the Campanile and also about all the landmarks you will see from the top. They also give you a map.

Don't think it twice and visit the Campanile!
Basilica di San Marco
The Campanile
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mn4262 mn4262
39 reviews
Dec 29, 2006
La Basilica di San Marco a Venezia è la chiesa più famosa del capoluogo veneto. È il più noto esempio di architettura bizantina in Italia. Si affaccia su Piazza San Marco ed è adiacente e collegata al Palazzo Ducale. Inoltre è la sede del patriarca di Venezia dal 1807.
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keeweeset says:
La Basilica di San Marco è una delle più belle chiese che ho visto
Posted on: Mar 22, 2007
Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
Church of Gold Aug 24, 1998
I love visiting religious attractions when I travel. having seen quite a bit while in Venice, I decided to visit the Basilica of San Marco. It is without a doubt a work of art and an architectural achievement. It was elating to know that reverence is still upheld and whether or not you are a visitor, dress code is strictly upheld. No body parts showing no matter the design of your dress. Your arms and legs have to be fully dressed.

Located in the heart of Venice near the Piazza San Marco it is the pride of the city and one can see why once you approach it. The Byzantine architecture is unmistakable; in the 11th century it was named the church of gold because of its opulence. It reminded me of the Pantheon in Rome.

The Bell tower also known as the 'campanile' is one of the churches most prominent features. It assumed its present appearance in 1514 after the reconstruction to the extension was finished. Thereafter, it remained virtually unaltered until it suddenly collapsed in 1902 but was quickly rebuilt the way it was. Apparently the Italians believe in the philosophy of "Com'era, dov'era" which translates to "how it was, where it was". Thus the current feature and a feast was held when it was finally reopened in 1912; the feat of Saint Mark.

It gets quite crowded seeing us it is one of the attractions, but also because Venice is incredibly busy, visited my millions each year.
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spocklogic says:
I was here around the same time as you, just a bit earlier around late June in 1998. I remember it was blazing hot there the few days I visited, even topping 100F one day!
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012
Africancrab says:
O yes, I love Churches and I try to see at least one in a new city. Thanks David and Allie
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012
jeminigirl says:
Beautiful photos Harriet, I find churches a must on any visit, such buildings of beautiful architecture =)
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012

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