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Top sights in Venice
Venice's most famous church is more a testament to the city's Medieval wealth and power than the teachings of Christ. Its history, however, might just be even more spectacular than its architecture! Here are five fun facts dug up from its colorful past.
The original church was built circa 832 to harbor the relics of Saint Mark, which were supposedly stolen from Alexandria by Venetian merchants!
The Doge (leader) of Venice, Pietro IV Candiano, was so unpopular by 976 that his constituents locked him in Saint Mark's and burned it to the ground!
Hardly a symbol of Christian humility, the cathedral's opulent mosaics gave rise to a nickname that has lasted since its 9th century construction – The Church of Gold!
The 4th Crusade didn't go quite as planned! Rather than reach Jerusalum, the Venetians instead pillaged Constantinople and stole many artifacts to adorn their cathedral.
But, unfortunately, only about a third is original! Though once maintained by a workshop of skilled mosaicists, much was simply replaced in cheap 19th-century restoration attempts.
The Basilica's opening hours are from 9:45AM to 5:00PM, and on Sundays and holidays between 2:00PM and 4:00PM or 5:00PM depending on the season. Entrance to the Basilica is free, but visiting the museum, treasury, or Pala d'Oro requires paying for tickets.
Whether you're booking a tour or intend to visit Saint Mark's Basilica alone, be sure to dress appropriately for a place of worship! A general rule of thumb is to keep arms and legs covered (and no flip-flops!). Also note that bringing luggage in is forbidden, as is filming or taking photographs inside.
- When should I visit?
- 9:45AM to 5:00PM, Sundays and Holidays 2:00PM to 4:00PM or 5:00PM, depending on season.
- Is it expensive?
- The Basilica is free, but the museum, treasury and Pala d'Oro require admission fees.
- Will I need a guide?
- It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get there
- This attraction is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
- Additional information
- Bringing in luggage, filming or taking photographs inside is strictly forbidden. | It's best to keep your arms and legs covered, and no flip-flops!
What people are saying about Saint Mark's Basilica
My sister and I were expecting good things from this tour, but it was far far better than that! We easily found the meeting place. Everyone gets a headphone set so you can always hear your guide, and ours was called Rosanna. She was so lovely, upbeat, friendly, and funny. We did the Basilica first and we were lucky to be in there when it was illuminated and it was absolutely beautiful (it is usually only illuminated for mass and other than that for one hour a day). The Basilica also hosts an amazing artwork entirely made of gold and just under 2,000 jewels. This was information provided by Rosanna, and a lot of what made this tour good was all the facts she told us. It would not have been half as amazing without context. Then we did the Doges Palace where, as part of this tour, you actually walk inside and along the Bridge of Sighs, which we weren't expecting! Also the Doges Palace has the largest canvas artwork in the world, which was astounding to see. Two very happy customers!
I have no further comment regarding the tour, however, could I suggest that 2 separate tours are listed during the booking process, one with, and one without the tower climb instead of having to tick a check box in the tour description. Needless to say, we fell foul and were not able to climb the tower.
Worth it. The fast pass options are great. Additionally you move along much faster as a group and get to hear about amazing history in any down time. Our guide had a few of our group members go rogue and always handled himself with poise and kept the tour moving as much as possible.
We are so glad we go a Guide for the Basilica. Olie was fantastic. we learnt so much and our kids aged 10 and 14 were inthralled. She really catered to them well. it was a small group, 8 of us in total which was really wonderful. I would highly recommend this tour.
A very well organised tour. The tour guid explained and talked about the church, all the art in the church and the piece of history with passion and love. We have very much enjoyed the tour and the view from the balcony of the church. 42 steps to the top.