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St. Mark's Basilica

The magnificent St. Mark's Cathedral is one of the most important sights of Venice and is worth a visit!

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St. Mark’s Basilica opened in 1092 and served as the state sanctuary of the Venetian Republic until 1797—now this cathedral is home of the paternalist. The basilica was built to honor the remains of the city’s saint, Markus. Even now, St. Mark’s Basilica continues to impress visitors through its mixture of Gothic and Byzantine architecture. As soon as you step through one of the five unique and artsy portals in the interior of the basilica, you will get an extraordinary view of the marble mosaic and gold finished church and you will definitely understand why it received the name, “the golden basilica.” Besides its splendid interior, St Mark’s Basilica is also famous for being the origin of important church music. The Markusdom is generally free of charge for all visitors during the opening hours.

Opening hours St. Mark's Basilica

Mon–Sat: 9:30am–5pm
Sun & public holidays: 2pm-4.30pm 

Mon–Sat: 9:45am–5pm
Sun & public holidays: 2pm–5pm

St Mark’s Basilica opens its doors at 9:30 am to 5 pm, Mondays-Saturdays, between the months of October and Easter Monday. On holidays during this time period, opening hours are restricted from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. From Easter to October, St Mark’s Basilica opens at 9:45 am and closes at 5 pm. On Sundays and on holidays, opening hours are extended from 2 pm to 5 pm. Please be aware that final admission takes place 15 minutes before the end of opening hours.On certain religious days, St Mark’s Basilica may be closed or only open for a short period of time—for more information about this please visit the following website: basilicasanmarco.it                          

Address St. Mark's Basilica

San Marco, 328
30100 Venezia, Italy

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Directions St. Mark's Basilica

Rialto C: Line 1, 2
S. Marco (Giardinetti): Line 2
S. Marco S. (Zaccaria): Line 6,21, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 

Special terms and conditions St. Mark's Basilica

When visiting St Mark’s Basilica, please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.
Bringing backpacks and luggage cases is also forbidden—these can be stored in Ateneo San Basso during your visit to the basilica. Filming, taking photos, and speaking loudly is also not allowed in the basilica.

The Markusdom is generally free of charge for all visitors. To avoid the queue, you can book a skip-the-line ticket for only 2€ from April to October to visit St. Mark's Basilica. The link to the booking is also available with your Venice City Pass. It is possible to make the reservation online up to 10 minutes before the chosen visiting time. Reserve your Skip-the-line ticket yourself for complete flexibility during your Venice holiday!

Highlights St. Mark's Basilica

  • Byzantine and Gothic architecture 
  • Five artsy entrances 
  • Multifaceted collection of sculptures and various art forms from different origins and time periods
  • Mosaic made of marble with golden underlay 

Attractions near St. Mark's Basilica

Attractions near St Mark’s Basilica include Doge’s Palace and the Marciana Regional Library, which are also both included in your Venice City Pass, the all inclusive pass for your holiday. 

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