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Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

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San Marco
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Address: Piazzetta San Marco San Marco n. 7, 30124 Venice, Italy
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08:00 - 19:00
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Beautiful building

Beautiful building just not quite what I was expecting for a library. Not many books. just one small room. worth a look if you are already inside the building but no need to visit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2016
Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Beautiful building just not quite what I was expecting for a library. Not many books. just one small room. worth a look if you are already inside the building but no need to visit especially.

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Ghaziabad, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

It was built between 1537 and 1560 as per the designs by Jacopo Sansovino. The library was commissioned by the Procuratori di San Marco for the Greek and Latin codices donated to the Republic of Venice in 1468 by Cardinal Bessarion. It was one of the most famous libraries of its time. Admission is thru the Correr museum and is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This library is one of the most important in the Western world because it contains numerous medieval manuscripts, especially Greek manuscripts brought West from Constantinople. The building itself is an inspired Renaissance structure by the great Venetian architect Jacopo Sansovino, who was also responsible for the elegant loggietta next door below the campanile. The library itself cannot be entered except... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is really a combined museum with Museo Correr, but is a lovely place to walk through. It is relatively small, but if you are visiting the Palace museums then it is certainly worth stopping by to see the architecture.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

The room is very big and have a stunning ceiling, being a good home for the important books displayed. It's part of the Doges' Palace's ticket and you can go inside straight away from The National Archeological Museum.

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Reading, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This biblioteca (library) has one of the greatest classical text collections. The room you enter is beautiful. Be sure to look up at the ceiling. The globes in the room are very old and are also magnificent. Entrance to this museum is included in the Doge's Palace ticket.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Sitting just across from the Doge’s Palace is this magnificent building. I am not sure how many people actually go inside this building. It contains an impressive collection of more than 750,000 books, 13,000 manuscripts and 24,000 prints, which makes the Biblioteca Marciana one of the largest libraries in Italy and Europe. In 1603, a law was introduced in Venice... More 

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Clonmel, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

We enjoy stroll through all the room coming from museum corner through national museum and that Biblioteca. Globes were amazing I love one like that at home, really beautiful, amazing art. Well worth the price you pay to get in. Also nice receptionist which is always a bonus.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the Biblioteca in combination with Museo Correr. Many paintings, and Venetian statues, and historical artifacts. The library itself is stunning, with many ancient books and manuscripts on display.

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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Tickets for this stunning and historic part of St Mark's Square have to be purchased as a combination ticket at the Museo Correr entrance in the section of the square known as the Napoleonic wing and exactly opposite the Basilica of St Mark. The ticket allows entrance to the four museums of the square and which flow one into the... More 

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The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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