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Highlights

  • Explore the world-famous St. Mark's Basilica, well known for its magnificent Byzantine architecture
  • Delight in a hassle-free skip-the-line entry inside St. Mark’s Basilica with your St Mark's Basilica Venice tickets
  • Feel mesmerised looking at the biblical representations spread across 8000 square metres and made of gold
  • Learn about the significance of the Basilica, its 1000-year history, culture and artwork 
  • Appreciate the Venetian artwork as well as historic relics housed inside the famous place
  • Take a look at the famed Pala d'Oro altarpiece, made of enamel and gold and studded with precious gems. 
  • Walk into the cathedral and explore its five domes and get an insight into Byzantine art through an audio guide


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  • You will be able to enjoy Skip-the-line entrance with your St Mark's Basilica tickets
  • The duration of the visit will be for 2 hours
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St Mark's Basilica Tickets With Doge's Palace Combo

Highlights

  • Get a glimpse into the rich history of Venice while visiting two iconic landmarks of the city with your St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace tickets.
  • Witness the stunning display of Byzantine architecture portrayed in the domes, mosaics and ornate arches of Saint Mark's Basilica.
  • Feel awe-struck watching the mesmerising Pala d'Oro, an altarpiece decorated with precious gems and pearls.
  • Learn about the history and culture of the Basilica as a whole, looking at the Venetian artwork and historical relics housed inside the cathedral.
  • Visit the Doge’s Palace with its breathtaking architecture, which had served as the residence of the Venetian rulers in ancient times.
  • Watch the beautiful paintings on the walls that will give you a glimpse of the Venetian heritage.
  • Walk across the iconic Bridge of Sighs, which connects the Doge's Palace to the prisons.
  • Marvel at the majestic halls, intricate sculptures, and opulent frescoes while exploring the magnificent palace.


Inclusions

  • You will be able to enjoy Skip-the-line entrance at St. Mark’s Basilica with your St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace tickets
  • The combo tickets will also give you access to enter Doge’s Palace
  • The duration of the combo will be 2 hr 15 min
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St. Mark's Campanile Tickets

Highlights

  • Feel awe-struck looking at the magnificent St Marks Campanil, rising 98.6 metres above the city. 
  • Climb up on the St. Mark's Campanile, the bell tower of St. Mark's Basilica in Piazza San Marco with your St Mark's Basilica Venice tickets for St. Mark's Campanile
  • Download the audio guide on your mobile and learn the fascinating history of Venice
  • Learn more about the historic bell tower, which has been the symbol of the city from ancient times.
  • Check out the location where the famous Galileo Galilei first revealed his revolutionary invention, the telescope.
  • Admire the 360-degree panoramic view of Venice from the top of the bell tower.


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  • Reserved entry ticket to St. Mark's Bell Tower
  • Downloadable audio guide app 
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Which St. Mark's Basilica Tickets Should You Choose?

Skip- the - line Ticket

If you are on a tight schedule and wish to save time wherever possible in your schedule, you should purchase the skip-the-line St Mark's Basilica tickets. This will help in saving the time spent standing in the long queue outside the ticket office. Another way you can quickly take a guided tour.

Gain Insights into St Mark's Basilica Art and Culture

To learn as much about the history, culture and art of the cathedral as possible, you must purchase the St Mark's Basilica Venice tickets for a guided tour. You can either opt for the Venice In A Day: Guided Tour with Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica or you can go for the St. Mark's Basilica Skip The Line Guided Tour.

Explore Venice with St Mark's Basilica

If you want St Mark's Basilica to be combined with your tour of the city of Venice, you can opt for the combo  St Mark's Basilica tickets. This tour will include the prominent attractions of the city and some of them will have skip-the-line access.

St. Mark’s Basilica: Elegant Byzantine Masterpiece in Venice

The St. Mark’s Basilica Venice Tickets include the skip-the-line and guided tour of the basilica. With this ticket, you can explore the most-visited attraction of Venice and learn about St. Mark’s Basilica and the fascinating tales and facts of the Biblical scenes of the basilica from the guide. The ancient treasures of the magnificent religious artifacts collected over centuries in the basilica will blow your mind with their richness. Its marble inlays and the striking gold mosaics are also enough to make you awestruck with its beauty.


In this tour, Visitor to st mark's square can explore both the interiors and exteriors of the architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. You can take a walk through the Pala D’oro, where you will discover a myriad of gems and precious stones. Moving further, you will come across the beautiful golden basilica which is a masterpiece of Byzantine art. If you are a history freak, you must take a tour of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and discover the beauty that lies in the attraction yourself.

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Mosaics

The decorative program of the fundamental altar in St. Mark’s Basilica consists of mosaics of the late-11th and early-12th centuries distributed among three windows. The ancient mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica date back to as early as the 1070s. Each of the mosaics in the structure of the cathedral looks so interesting and beautiful that you would want to keep on looking at them forever.

Sculpture

There are different types, origins, and epochs of sculptures in St. Mark’s Basilica Venice that show the richness of the 12th and 13th-century French cathedrals. Each of these sculptures, included in the St. Mark’s Basilica Venice Tickets, are created for their intended place or are surviving from a pre-existing building. These sculptures include a blend of trophies and ornamental elements with the integration of the mosaics.

The Treasure and The Pala D’oro

With the St. Mark’s Basilica Venice Tickets, you will come to know that the church is a treasure trove of gold and silver work, ornamental glass and paintings, and valuable stones. The cathedral also consists of highly refined items created for the churches and structures of Constantinople. The Pala D’oro is situated near the tall altar where the relics of the Evangelists were enshrined.


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St. Mark’s Museum

Created at the end of the 19th century, St. Mark’s Museum is another place included in the St. Mark’s Basilica Venice Tickets. It consists of the different kinds and origins of the objects belonging to the church. The museum houses one of the most valuable works of the quadriga, along with the illuminated manuscripts, Persian carpets, liturgical vestments, fragments of ancient mosaics, and the texts of St. Mark’s liturgies.

The Campanile

Standing at a height of 99 meters, the Campanile is the revealing square plan tower in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. It is a prototype of all the campaniles that was initially a watchtower, which later transformed into a weather clock with the addition of the belfry and embellishment of the statue of the Archangel Gabriel at the top.


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The Musical Tradition

The Music Chapel in St. Mark’s Basilica is the center of attraction of Venetian musical life. The ways and style of considering music during that time depended on the suitability of the magnificence of the Basilica. In this period, numerous great Renaissance composers took part in the life of the Chapel and created the instrumental parts with melodic lines in the Basilica.

Essential Chronology

The Essential Chronology in St. Mark’s Basilica includes the events of the construction of the basilica in chronological order. Starting from 829 when the body of St. Mark was brought from Alexandria to Venice to 1807 when the basilica became the center of attraction of the Venice Patriarch, you will find everything in this Essential Chronology.

Why Visit St Mark's Basilica?

Use your  St Mark's Basilica tickets to visit the place for its:


  • Stunning Byzantine architecture: St Mark’s Basilica is famed for being the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. The iconic basilica has domes, intricate mosaics, and ornate marble flooring, which are all characteristics of this amazing architecture.


  • Captivating Pala d'Oro Altarpiece: One of the star attractions of St Mark Basilica is the Pala d'Oro altarpiece, made of enamel and gold and studded with precious gems. The altarpiece is known to be an important religious artefact and is another astounding example of Byzantine architecture craftsmanship.


  • Mesmerising Venetian Art: The enchanting Basilica also houses several beautiful Venetian masterpieces. Some Venetian Art includes the bronze doors portraying scenes from the Bible and sculpted marble columns that are located inside the church. 


  • Historic Relics: The Basilica houses a number of historic relics from bygone eras. One such prominent relic is the remains of St Mark and four ancient bronze horses, which were once a part of the Hippodrome in Constantinople.

Architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica Venice

Exteriors
  • Western façade- The exterior of St. Mark’s Basilica architecture is segregated into two registers. You will find five deeply submerged portals in the lower register of the western façade, covered with two tiers of valuable columns. The sculptural elements of the western facade in St. Mark’s Basilica are largely embellished in the arches of the doorways consisting of architectural lines.
  • Northern façade- On the Northern façade, you will witness the statues of the four authentic Latin Doctors of the Church, namely Gregory the Great, Jerome, Ambrose, and Augustine. The lunettes in this facade are also decorated with allegorical figures of Charity, Faith, Prudence, and Temperance.
  • Southern façade- The southern façade also consists of the allegorical figures of the Fortitude and Justice and the aedicule of the church include statues of Saint Paul the Hermit and Saint Anthony Abbot. It is one of the richly decorated façades as you will find plenty of rare marbles, trophies, and spoils in this façade.
Entry Hall (Zen Chapel)

The Entry Hall or the Zen Chapel in St. Mark’s Basilica architecture showcases a mosaic cycle in the barrel vault that tells the stories of Saint Mark’s relics, translating from Alexandria to Venice. These relics display events like the praedestinatione that narrates the burial of the angelic prophecy of Mark.

Interiors

Chancel and choir chapels- The chancel in the interior part of the St. Mark’s Basilica architecture is covered with a Gothic altar screen, topped with a bronze and silver Crucifix. Here, you will find the statues of the Virgin and Saint Mark, along with the Twelve Apostles. Moving further, you will come across two choir chapels on either side of the chancel.

Side altars and chapels- The faithful were the prime user of the side altars in the transept. The altar in the northern crossarm is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist, while the altar in the southern crossarm praises the name of Saint Leonard. The Mascoli Chapel was also embellished under Doge Francesco Foscari which was initially used by the homonymous confraternity.

Baptistery- The construction date of the Baptistry remains unknown, but it is likely that Doge Giovanni Soranzo had been responsible for the architectural construction of the structure. The mosaics in the Baptistry provide glimpses from the life of Saint John the Baptist and the infancy of Christ.

Sacristy- The Sacristy was constructed by Giorgio Spavento in 1486. The cabinets used in the Sacristy were utilized for keeping vestments, monstrances, reliquaries, and liturgical books and objects. In the walls of the Sacristy, you will find the mosaics that depict the prophets of the Old Testament and are adorned by Titan between 1524 and 1530.

Influence

The architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice took inspiration from the Gothic period which was limited to decorative details and patterns. You can find instances of it in the painted wall decoration and portal in the Church of Madonna dell’Orto and the Church of Santo Stefano. Although the classical elements of Venetian architecture were introduced in the early Renaissance period, the local building traditions prevailed for a long time.

Plan Your Visit to St. Mark’s Basilica Venice


Essential Information
How to Reach
Best Time to Visit
Facilities and Accessibilities
Tips to Visit

Location:

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) is situated in Venice, Italy, at the heart of Piazza San Marco, the city's main square.


Timings:

The basilica is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:15 PM. On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the basilica is open from 2 PM to 5:15 PM

  • By Ferry: If you are traveling from the center of the city, you need to stroll towards Ferrovia ‘B’ Ferry terminal which is situated near Santa Lucia train station. After reaching there, you are required to take the No. 2 ferry and get down at the Rialto ferry station. From there, visitors are required to take a walk for six minutes from the ferry terminal to reach St. Mark’s Basilica Venice.


  • By Train: Water buses are also available on routes 1, 2, and 51. You can board a water bus from the Santa Lucia station to reach your final destination. It will take you around 25 to 35 minutes to travel to St. Mark’s Basilica Venice by water bus.


  • By Car: For people traveling by car, they can park their vehicles at Piazzale Roma. There are three parking areas available beside the attraction, namely Sant’Andrea, Autorimessa Comunale, and Garage San Marco.


  • By Foot: St. Mark’s Basilica is located about 40 minutes walking distance from the city center.


Check out these important information before you plan your visit to St. Mark's Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica is an all-year-round attraction, providing visitors with an exceptional experience each time. The peak time to visit this cathedral is during the summer months with the temperature around 27 degrees Celsius.


However, during the peak season, St Mark’s Basilica experiences larger crowds and longer queues. Whereas, to beat the crowd and discover the allure of the beautiful church uninterrupted, plan your visit in April, May or September during early morning or late afternoon.


Additionally, to witness the St. Mark’s Basilica in its full grandeur, visit during Easter or Christmas to admire the beautifully decorated building and to have a magnificent experience.


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  • You will find only one restroom on the level of the museum in St. Mark’s Basilica.


  • Visitors can keep their luggage and backpacks in the Luggage Store at the Piazzetta dei Leoncini.


  • People with reduced mobility can access the St. Mark’s Basilica with ease.


  • If you are a wheelchair user, you can access the attraction through the Porta dei Fiori gate by ramp.


  • Lifts make the museum on the first floor accessible to tourists.


  • Do not forget to take back your backpacks and luggage from the Piazzetta dei Leoncini while returning from St. Mark’s Basilica Venice.




  • Keep yourself hydrated at all times and feed yourself well as you may have to stand in long lines.


  • Refresh yourself at any of the outdoor cafes after exploring the famous basilica of Venice.


  • You are not allowed to feed the pigeons inside the premises. Otherwise, you will have to pay a fine of EUR 50 to EUR 100.

FAQ's

Should I pre-book a ticket for St Mark's Basilica?

Yes, you should pre-book St. Mark’s Basilica Venice Tickets if you want to excruciatingly skip the long queues at the Basilica entry. The priority access tickets to the attraction are available at EUR 2. However, it is just an entry ticket and it will not include the tour of the attraction and its nearby destinations.

Can I get a discount on St Mark's Basilica tickets?

Yes, you can purchase the St Mark's Basilica tickets online and enjoy getting fabulous discounts. To get the best offer, you should check the various ticket options that are available to visit the place. Some of the options for St Mark's Basilica tickets which you can select to avail of a discount include Doges Palace And Saint Marks Basilica Combo, Venice In A Day: Guided Tour with Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica, and St. Mark's Basilica Skip The Line Guided Tour.

Are St. Mark’s Basilica Tickets available online?

Yes, St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice tickets are available online. You can reserve your seats by booking the tickets online on our site. You’ll be presented with great deals and discounts, along with reserving your seats in advance.

Why is St Mark's Basilica famous?

St Mark’s Basilica is well-known for its collection of holy relics of the patron saint of the city, Saint Mark the Evangelist. Situated next to the Doge’s Palace, it is one of the most spectacular cathedrals in entire Europe due to its beautiful architecture. This church has always been the center of attraction for tourists in the city.

How long does it take to visit St. Mark’s Basilica?

It will take you anywhere between 90 minutes and two hours to explore the entire St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Within this time frame, you will gain in-depth knowledge about the museum and its architecture. You can also glance at the various exhibits of the museum at this time.

What are the nearby attractions to St. Mark’s Basilica Venice?

The nearby attractions to St. Mark’s Basilica Venice are St. Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Campanile, St Peter's Basiliaca Torre dell’Orologio, and much more. Apart from this, there are plenty of local restaurants, shops, museums, and canals near St. Mark’s Basilica that are worth giving an eye to on your trip to Venice.

What are the St. Mark’s Basilica opening hours?

The opening hours of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice are between 9.30 am and 5 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays or public holidays, the attraction closes at 4.30 pm between April 16 and October 28. The time is again extended to 5 pm between 29 October and 15 April. Moreover, the last entry to the attraction closes 15 minutes before the closing time. The opening hours may be subject to change on religious holidays, especially during Easter and Christmas.

What is St. Mark's Basilica?

The St Mark’s Basilica, also known as the ‘Golden Church’, is a stunning church which showcases the captivating Byzantine architecture in its 5 domes, intricate golden mosaics, and ornate marble flooring. The Basilica is also known for its rich history and culture, as well as for the stunning Venetian artwork and historic relics that are housed inside the place.

How to reach St. Mark's Basilica?

By Car: If you're driving to St. Mark's Basilica, you will be able to park your car at Piazzale Roma. The place has three paid parking facilities - Garage San Marco, Autorimessa Comunale and Sant’Andrea which you can use.

By Train: Get down at the Santa Lucia station and take a water bus to the Basilica. Opt for routes no 1, 2, and 51 which will take you there in approximately 25 to 35 minutes.

By Bus: You can take the bus to reach the Basilica. Buses are available from the airport at a frequency of every 30 minutes.

Via Ferry: You can take a direct ferry to Rialto ‘B’ and then walk down to reach the destination.

What facilities are available in St. Mark's Basilica?

There are several facilities that you can avail once you enter with your St Mark's Basilica tickets. They are:

  • You can rent audio guides to enhance your experience
  • You can store your luggage at the Luggage Store at the Piazzetta dei Leoncini.
  • The Basilica has one restroom on the level of the museum
  • The venue is accessible to people with reduced mobility, having a ramp by the Porta dei Fiori gate and a lift to access the first floor.

Is photography permitted inside St. Mark’s Basilica?

No, photography or any filming of any video is strictly forbidden inside Saint-Mark Basilica in Venice. You will only be able to explore the basilica with your St Mark's Basilica tickets, you will not be able to capture the beauty of the place with your cameras.

Is it worth visiting St. Mark's Basilica?

Yes, it is definitely worth visiting St. Mark’s Basilica. The Basilica, also known as “Golden Church” is well known for its Byzantine architecture and is one of the iconic attractions of Venice. The Basilica is also famous for its rich history and culture and also houses some priceless artwork which includes historic relics and Venetian artwork.

Also you can visit Accademia Gallery, one of the iconic Italy attraction. Get your Accademia Gallery tickets here.

What are the best attractions to visit in Venice, Italy?

In Venice, three must-visit attractions are:

  • St. Mark's Basilica: This iconic cathedral is a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, adorned with intricate mosaics and located in the heart of St. Mark's Square.
  • Rialto Bridge: Spanning the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge is not only a vital crossing but also offers stunning views of the canal and the bustling market area.
  • Doge's Palace: Discover the grandeur of Doge's Palace, a symbol of Venetian power. Marvel at its Gothic architecture, explore lavish chambers, and cross the Bridge of Sighs for a peek into Venice's history. Secure your Doge's Palace tickets in advance for a seamless and immersive experience.
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