Saint Mark's Basilica

    cathedral at St. Mark's Square in Venice basilica and clocktower on st mark's square in Venice Italy
    The Clocktower (on the left) and the Basilica on St. Mark's Square

    Saint Mark's Basilica
    Saint Mark's Basilica is the most important cathedral in Venice. It was build in the 11th century and dedicated to Saint Mark. He was one of the seventy disciples of Jesus Christ. The Basilica's roof, hall and exterior have been redesigned afterwards frequently. The floor and walls have thousands of mosaics and the ceilings of the domes are covered with gold. The Basilica became a symbol of the Venetian wealth and power.

    The Clock Tower was build at the end of the 15th century and is standing next to the Basilica. In the past, ships on the Grand Canal which were sailing out could see the time. The archway under the clock connects St. Mark's Square (political centre with the Doge's Palace) and the Rialto (the financial and commercial centre of Venice). The Rialto is an area full with luxury boutiques, shops and restaurants. The main shopping street is the 'Merceria'.

    admission & openining hours St Mark's Basilica
    Opening hours 09.45-17.00 (From March/April (Easter) - November)
    On Sunday and holidays: 14.00-16.00/17.00
    There is no admission fee.
    Booking online cost 1. Advantage is that visitors can choose a time and don't have to queue. The small museums inside the Basilica are not free but have an admission fee.

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    st mark's basilica venice italy: picture Andreas Volkmer
    St. Mark's Basilica

    st mark's basilica roof: free picture Daniel Albrecht
    The roof of the Basilica on St. Mark's Square

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