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“Totally breathtaking”

Basilica di San Marco
Ranked #3 of 827 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.
Reviewed 3 April 2018

When looking around St Marks Basiclica – please do not miss the Pala d’Oro or "Golden Cloth" it is behind the chapel of St Clements, and this the most valuable treasure of the Basilica.

Firstly it is 2 euro’s to see this, but hey wait till you can actually stand infront of it. It is the high altar of Basilica di San Marco in Venice, in Byzantine enamel both front and rear sides decorated.

First commissioned in 976 by Doge Pietro Orseolo, it was made up of precious stones and several enamels depicting various saints, and in 1105 expanded on by the famous Doge Ordelaffo Falier

This magnificent altarpiece which is totally breathtaking, created by 10 century goldsmiths, It is 3 meters wide by 2 meters, made of gold/silver, it include 526 pearls/330 garnets/320 emeralds/ 255 sapphires,/183 amethysts/175 agates/ 75 rubies,/34 topazes/16 carnelians, and 13 jaspers – it must be worth a total fortune.

Stand back and try and take it all in- which is difficult – Christ is in the centre with 4 apostles are writing the gospels.

Unfortunately I could not turn the flash off my camera – so I bought a book from the great souvenir shop

Thank Raffiella11
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We purchased online for a total of €6 to skip the line. Well worth it. And we did it few days before hand during our trip. We also went to Easter services here so we saw it before our skip the line tickets. There is a treasure room is €3 each and a museum that is €2 each. We did both. They are small rooms but worth it. We did not pay the extra €5 each to climb to the horses since we were going to the bell tower next. No pictures ate allowed inside.

Thank Donnaleegriffin
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Travelling with three other couples we visited the Basilica as part of a tour including the Doges Palace. The guide is a must! He was able to bring life to what is otherwise a beautiful church like many other beautiful old churches. Having our attention drawn to the way in which the Gospel message is communicated through the building itself was very poignant being that we were visiting on Easter Sunday!

Thank kiwisc0t
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

If there is a long queue you can try the exit (disabled entry) round the corner particularly if you have mobility problems. You can get to the main areas for free but have to pay to get to the gold mosaics and various museums. Nowhere to sit unless you come with a group. Get there early to avoid crowds. Best time to take photos from the square is in the afternoon when sun hits the front of the building.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The buildings all around this area are worth a photo with the tower in day light, but unfortunately was not lit up when we visited in the evening, and the church at the end was semi lit due to restoration work.The clock telling the time in roman numerals was quite good

1  Thank Roy G
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