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St. Mark's Basilica

Don’t be surprised if you feel yourself transported across time and the continents when you stand in front of this architectural masterpiece. St. Mark’s Basilica is laden with a rich history and variety of treasures that make it one of the most fascinating churches in the world, and the de facto symbol of Venice.

Modeled after the Emperor Constantine’s Church of the Holy Apostles and the Hagia Sophia in what is now Istanbul, you are unlikely to experience anything like it in Europe. Its cluster of domes is the crowning feature of St. Mark’s Square, and can be seen from many places in the ‘Floating City’.

The current basilica is over 1,000 years old replacing an earlier church built for the relics of St. Mark, stolen from Egypt by Venetian merchants in 828 AD. Other treasures include the four life-sized ancient bronze horses that came from the Hippodrome of Constantinople, looted during the Fourth Crusade and taken to Venice in 1204, only to be taken by Napoleon in 1797 and returned in 1815. See it inside and out on our Best of Venice tours.

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 St. Mark's Basilica

  • October through Easter
    Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:00
    Sunday & Public Holidays from 14:00 to 16:00
  • Easter through November
    Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:00
    Sunday & Public Holidays from 14:00 to 17:00
  • Closed Some Public Holidays

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