Discover St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice!
St Mark’s Square (Piazza di San Marco) is the first place that comes to mind when talking about Venice, or if you plan to visit the lagoon city. The great Basilica Square, with the pigeons waiting for something, is perhaps the most famous image of Venice, and in the imagination of every visitor or tourist. Why visit St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice? Find out below why you shouldn’t miss this visit. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
1) Discover St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice! ABOUT BASILICA
The magnificent and sumptuous St. Mark’s Basilica has been in the center of Venice for over 1000 years, and the current construction is the result of four previous churches, being the city’s most renowned monument, which best identifies Venice in the world. The Basilica, in fact, has an architectural structure in the Byzantine style, in the form of a Greek cross, with a large central dome and four smaller domes, which correspond to the four sides of the cross in question. Also read Romantic Restaurants in Venice!
2) Discover St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice! ST MARK’S SQUARE
St. Mark’s Square is the only open space in Venice, which has the privilege of being called “square”, while all other areas with this characteristic are called “fields”. Today this magnificent square is surrounded by very sophisticated and expensive bars, where you can sit and watch live the passage of tourists from all over the world, ecstatic with its beauty and splendor.
3) Discover St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice! COMMERCE
Commerce was the great strength of the Republic of Venice, and this brought to the city, and also to St Mark’s Basilica, both an artistic culture and the influences of the monuments of Constantinople, combining forms and characters from various segments of art. However, the basilica is considered the most solemn monument of Venetian-Byzantine art that has come down to us. Inside the Basilica, you will be greeted by a church with three rows of grand pilasters, with five domes decorated with mosaics.
4) Discover St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice! FIVE BASILICA ATTRACTIONS
Get to know in detail the attractions of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica
In addition to the impressive attractions and unlimited details, there are essentially five things not to be missed when you are inside the Basilica. The first is definitely the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica, which date mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries, some were replaced in the 15th and 18th centuries by the Venetian painters Tiziano, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Veronese. All of these mosaics represent the life and work of Jesus Christ.
The Ground of St. Mark’s Basilica
The other notable thing is the ground, in fact, the floor mosaics, that show some perspective images, figures, nice ornaments and animals. Unfortunately, today, some of the mosaics are covered with rugs, for protection reasons.
The Parish Treasure of the Basilica
You cannot miss the parish treasure on the right side, which is practically made up of artistic treasures, which were taken to Venice after the sack of Constantinople, including the marble “Saint Mark’s throne”, liturgical chalices, cups and patens of hard stone. Also not to be missed is the ‘major altar’, which houses the remains of St. Mark. The canopy pillars are also beautiful, decorated with reliefs.
Pala d’Oro of St. Mark’s Basilica
We arrive at the main attraction of the Basilica, which is the famous ‘Pala d’Oro’ (“Golden Pall”). It is located behind the main altar and can be admired just by paying a ticket. Goldsmith’s masterpiece was made in various periods, between the 10th and 13th centuries. There are numerous precious stones, pearls and enamels, inserted in the Pala d’Oro, which also contains Byzantine works and items stolen in Constantinople. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece worth visiting.
St. Mark’s Museum
From the hall, then up a flight of steep stairs, we arrive at the St Mark’s Museum. Here you have the opportunity to admire the exceptional gilded bronze carriage; unique example of antiquity, which was pulled by four horses, where you arrive after the fascinating tour of the museum. In the pavilions, inside the basilica, the museum allows to contemplate the mosaics from above, as well as a view of the terrace and admire the magnificent St Mark’s Square.
St. Mark’s Basilica is open to the public during the following times: from 9:45 a.m to 5:00 p.m and from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m, on Sundays and holidays.
The visit inside the Basilica is FREE and can last a maximum of 10 minutes.
Entry to the Basilica is FREE, but there is the possibility to book a ticket to enter without having to face lines. I advise it, because this church is undoubtedly one of the monuments where you can face up to more than an hour in line, so it is worth making the reservation!
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Discover St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice! It is truly a sight to see at any time of the day. St. Mark’s Basilica is the most important monument in the city of Venice, the symbol of the city’s Church, but also of political power, since it was born first as a ducal chapel and, in the 19th century, became the seat of the patriarchy . The Basilica is the temple where all the most important moments in the ancient history of the Republic of Venice took place.
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