Started in the 9th century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows a Byzantine influence: Note the golden altarpiece Pala ... More
St Mark's Basilica
Started in the 9th century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows a Byzantine influence: Note the golden altarpiece Pala dOro (Golden Pall) and the 13th and 14th-century mosaics that illustrate scenes from the bible. The magnificent domes date from the 12th century. The Basilica houses the Marciano Museum, which contains the original bronze horses, copies of which are now on the terrace.
The Basilica was beautiful but unfortunately at the time we were there the left half of the facade was covered with scaffolding for repairs. It was a bit of a bummer - you really couldnt get the full effect.
If there were more stars available to rate this place I would have given them. It is beyond any words I can find to describe the beauty, workmanship and location. It's meant to impress and certainly succeeds. When you're standing in the Piazza San Marco and the church bells start to ring it almost brings tears to your eyes.
This place is so amazing. Like many chuches in Italy, make sure you're dressed appropriately--men and women need to have their shoulders covered--no tank top T shirts. Also, you're not allowed to have a pack back or big bag. They will make you leave the line and check it at another church around the corner, but you get to come right back in after you check your items. There always is a long line, but it moves quickly. It truly is unlike any place you've ever been. A strange mix of Christianity and the Middle East.
The lines were incredible even though we got in line 45 minutes before it opened. The interior is pretty but it probably would've been more interesting to take a tour - we spent 1 hour in line and 15 minutes walking through.
i havent seen anything more beautiful then the balisica di san marco in venice italy ...
when i went to see this magnificent place it was a beautiful sunny day wich the reflection off the sun shined onto the Basilica di San Marco which made it look even more beautiful then ever i believe that if anyone gose to italy this is a place you shuold see for shore take my advise go and see it if you dont you will regrate it
Getting into the church is free. Once you get inside though you may want to visit the Treasury or Museum, both of which have fees. We went into the museum which cost us 3 euros each. I wanted to see the real bronze horses. Not a large museum by any means, but plenty to look at. One of my favorite parts was being able to walk out on the balcony (loggia) where the horses (fake ones) are. A very nice view of St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace can be seen from here.
Directions: entrance is towards the front of the basilica, up a very narrow and steep stairway.
The basilica is absolutely beautiful inside. The byzantine mosaics covering the interior are so intricate, it's hard to imagine the patience and skills that go into building such a place over several centuries. It is worth the admission to go upstairs. Not only do you get a much better view of the mosaics, you also get access to the outside loggia (balcony) where the bronze horses are located. The view of Piazza San Marcos from here is stunning, make sure you have your camera. Highly recommended.
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