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Why visit 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. Here you will have every reason to visit this incredible place with lots of tips and information.

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
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Why visit 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) Why visit 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) Why visit 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) Why visit 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.


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4) Why visit 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.

Useful information

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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Ticket price: from 2.00 Euros per person. Click Here – Official Website or buy your ticket with our partner Get Your Guide.  Tickts and tour with travel guide in English language website CLICK HERE!

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Hotels I recommend in the San Marco area

San Marco is the most famous neighborhoods of Venice and, at some times of the year, it is difficult to walk around, because the city is crowded.

If you want to save money a great option is to stay in some B&B or rent an apartment; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

Do you like luxury accommodations? Are you on your honeymoon or celebrating something special? Then see some luxury accommodation options in the best area of Venice.

Hotels I recommend in Castello Area

Castello is the largest of all the “sestieri” (neighborhoods) and has an incredible waterside for good walks, in addition to being full of cafes, bars and shops. They are not cheap places to stay, but it facilitates access to the most famous tourist spots and, with that, saves on transportation, as it is possible to do everything on foot!

If you want to save, a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

Hotels I recommend in Cannaregio or Dorsoduro Area

If you want something calmer, choose Cannaregio or Dorsoduro; in the latter, the nightlife is particularly active, ideal for lovers of busy bars and places to have good drinks!

If you want to save a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

Hotels I recommend in the San Polo Area

San Polo is ideal if you want something comfortable, close to some sights, but more modest. I think this neighborhood is a great position so I recommend it a lot.

If you want to save a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

Hotels I recommend in the Santa Croce Area

Santa Croce is home to the important bus station in Piazzale Roma, which makes it very easy to get off the beaten track, including going to Santa Lucia if you want to make a stopover.

If you want to save a great option is the B&B or an apartment, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices

If you prefer a good hotel, I have some options for hotels that I really like, click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices;)

Don’t want to stay on the island? No problems! Search for Mestre, Campalto or Favaro Veneto, which are the mainland cities of Venice and offer excellent accommodation options. A little further from Piazzale Roma, about 20 minutes by water transport, they do not have magnificent views from the bedroom windows, but it is ideal for those who want to save on accommodation.

Tips

  • The tip to save A LOT is to book your hotel in advance.
  • As we also mentioned: beware of excess baggage! It is very complicated to get around with large volumes in Venice because of the bridges, stairs and narrow streets.

Conclusion

Why visit 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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