• “A wonderful place to visit, a mixture of Byzantine and Gothic, and essential to see if you are in Venice.” in 7 reviews

  • “I actually sang in a church service in this church as part of the choir and it was absolutely amazing.” in 6 reviews

  • “There are also samples of the mosaic and stone work that you can see close up, illuminated texts, tapestries, etc.” in 4 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    1/4/2014

    A few months after posting a review for the Basilica di San Marcos, I received the following note from Yelp HQ:

    We wanted to let you know that we've removed your review of Basilica di San Marco. Our Support team has determined that it falls outside our Content Guidelines (yelp.com/guidelines) because the content posted does not appear to be your own.

    Not my own.eh? I invite my Yelp audience to judge for themselves in with the Text and of course my picture (which was not removed). I'll also add that I've been to Venice a few times previous, and this in one place I have stopped and enjoyed every time.

    The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is a signature Church among many in Venezia. It is the most famous of the City's churches and one of the best known examples of Italy-Byzantine architecture. You can't miss it from the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace (which Gayle and I visited during our most recent visit), easily visible from the water, and with well marked directions in all the right places.

    The Chiesa d'Oro also expects modesty and no backpacks. So for the few times that I have entered the Church, the bag got checked nearby, shorts and flip flops were out, and Gayle needed covered up a bit more. There's also been a bit of a line, but it's worth the wait and the "Oh Wow" factor once you're inside. If you want to actually come here and attend Mass, there's a side entrance for that.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/5/2014

    Big, huge, ornate, and dark piece of history.  No photos.  We got our tickets on-line and had small group tour with a barely understandable Italian tour guide.  Pretty interesting.  The altar had this really cool gold wall that is turned around for the worshipers only once a year.  The floors are not flat but are very uneven, possibly due to centuries of annual flooding.  

    No backpacks.  Check them in around the corner from the basilica.  No caps, tank tops or short shorts.  It's a church.  The entrance for advance ticket with a tour guide is just to the right of the general admission entrance on the Square.  No bathrooms.

    I liked the tiny museum inside the basilica with its antiquities.  It felt like something out of an Indiana Jones movie.

  • 2.0 star rating
    25/5/2014

    This is a great Greek basilica. Built in the middle ages it is a pre baroque structure so big, but dark. While free to enter, the tour costs money, and to enter anything beyond the center of the church you pay a few euros at each door. It adds up and you really feel nickel and dimed. While this church has great Byzantine style wall mosaics, fantastic marble floor parterns it has seen a few years- it is like walking into someone's rich grandparents house and expecting you to be impressed with their work.
    The neatest thing to me was how over the last 1000 year's the pylons beneath the church have settled unevenly, and the floor now seems to have rolling waves- watch your step.
    Not a must see

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/3/2014
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Venezia!

    Wasn't sure which entry to leave a review on as there are 2 here on Yelp, but this one has more reviews so here it goes...

    If you only see one thing during your stay in Venice (other than just strolling the streets and taking in the lovely views) it should be the Basilica and the attached museum. Even if you're not a religious person, it will take your breath away - promise.

    Entry to the Basilica is free and if you go at an "off" time there will be a shorter line.  But the areas that charge entrance are certainly worthwhile, such as the treasure chamber and the alter (2 Euros for one and 3 Euros for the other).  The golden alter is incredible.  The treasures are beautifully crafted.  But the real treasure here is the Basilica itself.  Take your time and stroll around, looking up.  The whole ceiling is a mosaic of glittering gold with depictions that are so realistic they look painted.

    My favorite part of my Basilica visit is the museum (5 Euros) that gets you up onto the second level.  From here you can get a closer view of that amazing mosaic ceiling.  There are also samples of the mosaic and stone work that you can see close up, illuminated texts, tapestries, etc.  You can then walk out on the balcony to get magnificent views overlooking the Piazza and the lagoon.  The balcony is home to the replica horses, while inside you can see the restored original horses now protected from the elements.

    I've been to many churches in Europe, and this is one of my favorites right up there with St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.  I haven't been a practicing Catholic for 20+ years and I was so moved here that I actually bought a rosary as a souvenir.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/3/2014

    Absolutely breath taking , however they're currently having renovations done so you can't really enjoy the basilica fully. You do have to pay a fee to see all the jewels (4 euros)  museum (5 euros)  and the bell tower (8 euros) . The bell tower is breath taking and worth the fee . They only let a certain amount of people into the basilica at a time which is nice and it controls the tourist traffic , and I think it's a better experience overall for everyone.

    There is no video or pictures inside the basilica itself, however people are disrespect and will snap pictures.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/2/2014

    This is a very beautiful church in an amazing square...This is one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

    No back packs are allowed, lucky we were 3 so we took turns in looking after the back packs while others went in. Take your time as It's really magnificent inside and you don't want to miss the fine details. Plus be prepared to line up as they only let limited people in at given time.

    As soon as you come out their is a souvenir shop.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/3/2014

    A great place to spend the day just hanging out and taking pictures. Cool photo ops are endless. While I was there and out door restaurant had a band playing in the square adding to the ambience. Oddly enough you may find that the pigeons in the square are not scared off yet quite friendly and playful which is weird to see at first being from New York City. All in all great place to stop and take in some great outdoor sights.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/9/2013
    2 check-ins here

    WOW is about all I can say and say it many many many times :-))

    I have seen many old Churches and Cathedrals and love visiting them all over the place and this would have to take the prize for opulence and intricate art work.

    First there is the exterior when placed within the Piazza San Marco is a beautiful and grand piece of architecture. Then you enter the Basilica and you are wowed by the amount of gold and jewels that have been used in the interior and its mind boggling. See my pictures for more details.

    The only drawback is the amount of people they let in and it was quite busy. Takes away from the charm of the place and the amount of people using flash photography was very annoying and there was no one stopping it. When you are in darker interiors the flash is very distracting.

    I will end by saying that this is one place you should visit once in your life. Amazing to know that hundreds of years ago 65 tons (not sure how accurate this is could be a lot more) of wood pillars were put down to build this church. An amazing feat of human engineering and creativity and a sight to see.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/11/2013

    不错的地方,值得一看,只是游客太多,然后卖小玩具的人也很多.

    • Qype User BushGi…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    St Mark's Basilica is one of my favourite basilicas. And I've seen some basilicas. It is plonked at one end of St Mark's Square next to the Doge's Palace. The ornate domed roofs remind me of Moscow  not that I've ever been there but I've seen pictures and probably had a dream about it that was totally accurate.

    Inside, it is free to enter the main part, there is a lovely hushed reverence  Italians sure do take Catholicism seriously. Not like Notre Dame  which is a Mickey Mouse place of worship. There are some cracking bits of art in here but what I especially liked was the sense of quiet reflection and calm. Obviously it's a massive building but it feels like there are areas which afford a great deal of privacy to chat to God in confidence.

    To get up the tower or on to the gallery or into the treasury you have to pay. We weren't fussed about that. The thing is worth visiting but I don't know how much you need to see, for me, the stroll around the main Basilica was enough.

    • Qype User vixf…
    • Manchester
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    • 132 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    This is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been in. The most intricate detail has been included over the whole building leading to a spectacular overall finish.
    The art on the outside and inside is amazing and when I went inside I was struck by the huge domes way above my head.
    I actually sang in a church service in this church as part of the choir and it was absolutely amazing. The whole time we were totally in awe of the ceilings, the rose window, the mass being read in latin even the floor was impressive with mosaics in interesting patterns and colours.
    I personally do think it is worth going up to the top, to be able to get another view of ST Mark's Square and surrounding buildings.

    • Qype User lizo…
    • San Francisco, United States
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    • 114 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/9/2008

    Stunning!

    Piazza San Marco is incredibly beautiful, but most of the time it is so insanely crowded, that you involuntarily get distracted from the space
    so go early in the morning or at dusk - you'll be able to see the Basilica across the whole piazza, without a million tourists in the way.

    • Qype User Kellem…
    • Gillingham, Medway
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    • 145 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/9/2008

    This was by far my favourite place in Venice. It was built around 829 to house the remains of St Mark which had been brought from Alexandria.

    The exterior of the building is beautiful and unique with its domes and the bronze horses which adorn the facade (the exterior ones being copies as the originals are inside). If you think the outside is stunning, wait until you go inside  gold mosaics are everywhere and the intricate works are awe inspiring. Truly a sight worth spending time on.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/6/2011

    This is wonderful. It crowned my visit to Venice
    It is important to also take a vaporetto out to the
    islands where you can visit monasteries, & churches
    with great art. Go in February when the days are bright
    & the afternoons have a deep mist hanging over the mysterious lagoons
    & walkways.
    Read "The Stones of Venice" by John Ruskin

    • Qype User aj…
    • Luton
    • 6 friends
    • 106 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/11/2008

    A stunning place to visit. Admission to the main part is free. It's pretty crowded during the day, so try and go super early or closer to dinner time so that you can enjoy the atmosphere in peace. Also note that unless you're in a big group chances are the long line is not where you need to stand. Oh, and large bags aren't allowed in, so save yourself the time and check them before even trying to get in. Once inside act reverently, we saw a youth being taken down and escorted out of the building for being boisterous.
    If you want to go upstairs for the views and to see some of the relics then you need to pay an entrance fee. It is well worth the fee though. It's definitely one of the cheaper attractions in Venice.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/1/2009
    First to Review

    A wonderful place to visit, a mixture of Byzantine and Gothic, and essential to see if you are in Venice. It stands on one side of St Mark's Square and next to the Doge's Palace. The exterior is magnificent, adorned with many statues, mosaics and the grand domes.The interior is enormous and breath-taking everywhere you look, with glittering mosaics, the celebrated Pala d'Oro (golden alterpiece studded with gems) - you need an extra fee to see this - and countless sculptures and other works of art.

    • Qype User mattva…
    • Luton
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    • 136 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    There are some places in the world that make your jaw drop, and this is one of them. This ancient, wonderfully historical church, with gorgeous Byzantine domes and mosaics of astonishing beauty, is just unbelievably wonderful. Of course, this means that it is always jam-packed with tourists and police trying to control the crowds, but this is a small price to pay. The gallery upstairs has stunning views over St Mark's Square and a collection of historical artefacts, such as the famous bronze horses that were stolen from Constantinople in 1204 by Crusaders. Admission is free (unbelievably!) but there is a small charge for the upstairs gallery. One of the most beautiful places in the world.

    • Qype User kimtri…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating
    9/6/2012

    Amazing and magical. I cannot recommend enough. We went during festival time and it was the best holiday ever. So Beautiful the only thing that was not so great was the rain so they had to place walk boards as the floor flooded in places.

    • Qype User Sonia…
    • London
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    • 104 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    It doesn't sit well with me having a religious building used for tourism, and especiallly charging people to see certain parts of it but this is an absolutely beautiful building and worth seeing. You learn some really interesting historical facts.

    • Qype User dave-a…
    • Liverpool, Merseyside
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    • 10 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/2/2011

    this is one of, if not the highlight of venice! an absolutely beautiful building with amazing history and unbelievable architecture!! no photos are allowed inside but visually this building is stunning!! enjoy.

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