Basilica di San Marco
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- Basilica di San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Feb 27, 2014
The most visible building on the plaza di San Marco is the Basilica. There is even a smaller version located at the Italy Pavilion at Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
- Basilica di San MarcoJan 24, 2014
In the well known St. Mark's square, is the St. Mark's Basilica. You can't come to Venice and not go inside.
While we were there, in the morning, the line was LONG and we didn't want to wait, since we were in Venice for one day, but later in the afternoon there was practically no line, so we went in. Absolutely beautiful inside. You could easily go in and out in about 10-15 mins if you aren't looking at every little thing. It's free to go in, but there are a bunch of separate sections to walk into that will cost you a few Euros.
Also - no backpacks - but purses and shopping bags of the same size are okay, so keep that in mind.
- Basilica di San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 30, 2013
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (or Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco) is a signature Church among many in Venezia. It is the most famous of the City's churches and one of the best known examples of Italy-Byzantine architecture. You can't miss it from the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace, easily visible from the water, and with well marked directions in all the right places.
It's a Beauty, with its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. The Chiesa d'Oro also expects modesty and no backpacks. So for the few times that I have entered the Church, the bag got checked nearby, shorts and flip flops were out, and women covered up a bit more. There's also sometimes a bit of a line, but it's worth the wait and the "Oh Wow" factor once you're inside. If you want to actually come here and attend Mass, there's a side entrance for that.
- Basilica di San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 07, 2013
Amazing, iconic architecture that left me breathless. After seeing countless churches that all seem to run together after a while, this unique Byzantine structure really stood out.
- Basilica di San MarcoOct 19, 2013
One of the most gorgeous pieces of the city. You can see Salute from many different places around Venice, but the view across from the outskirts of San Marco is one of the best. This was taken just outside Harry's Bar.
- Basilica di San MarcoAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 17, 2013
The most iconic church in Venice, recognizable from afar. It is truly spectacular. It was originall built as a Greek Church which can be seen from its iconostasy. Go up the stairs to the second level to observe up-close the 24K gold plated mosaics of saints, as well as to see the original 4 golden horses gracing the entrance to the basilica. If you exit on the terrace, you will have an unbelievable view of the Piazza di San Marco from above.
- Basilica di San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Sep 20, 2013
This church was built to commemorate an outbreak of plague and is a prominent fixture on the Venetian skyline. Located at the mouth of the Grand Canal it has its own Vaporetto stop.
- Basilica di San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Aug 15, 2013
I went to Palm Sunday mass last year in the Basilica so I didn't walk around the interior. Sadly, the elderly priest kept losing his place in the mass but that meant I had plenty of time to look around the area I was seated in. It's absolutely gorgeous. The exterior is quite fun too, like looking for hidden treasure. Parts of it are constantly being restored so don't be surprised if it's beauty is dimmed by tarps and scaffolding...this is normal.
- Basilica di San MarcoCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4First to ReviewAug 12, 2013
"Hey, that's the one they have at Disney World!" I may have jokingly said as we shuffled past amidst the crazy crowds under the hot Venetian sun. It's true, however, that Disney chose this iconic bell tower for their own recreation of Italy at Epcot. This just shows how much of a symbol this really is.
Little known fact: the figure at the top of the tower is made of solid gold. If you are playfully thinking back to heist films for ideas, you're not alone.
- Basilica di San MarcoMember ofFoodiesStudentsLuxury Travelers+ 2Jul 06, 2013
Since it's free and on the Top10 list of the 'LonelyPlanet's' guide, the grandeur of the basilica will impress you with the million golden mosaic pieces covering the ceiling.
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Aliases: Basilica di San Marco-Campanile