About St. Mark’s Basilica Venice

Built-in 829, the church of Gold, St Mark's Basilica, is designed in Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic styles and has a multitude of domes. This treasure chest of wonders, located at the eastern end of St. Mark's Square replaced the previous cathedral of San Pietro di Castello as the episcopal seat of the Patriarch of Venice in 1807. This fascinating fusion of Architecture and art styles is evidence of the affluence and strength of the Serene Republic of Venice as well as its citizens who served as traders and conquistadors in the Mediterranean. St Mark’s Basilica is surely a glorious delight to the wandering soul of a history buff and an admirer of the artwork that trails the stories of the great church built over decades.

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Opening Hours:

  • St. Mark's Basilica opening hours are from 9:30 AM to 5:15 PM for visitors, from Monday to Saturday.
  • Tourists are welcome from 2 PM on Sundays and other holy days of obligation.
  • Loggia dei Cavalli, the museum, is open on Sundays from 9:30 AM to 2 PM.
  • The Bell Tower at St. Mark's Basilica is open every day from 9:30 a.m. until 9:15 p.m.
  • You can use the Porta dei Fiori entry on the north side of Piazzetta dei Leoncini to enter the church. Every day, prayers begin at 8 AM and end at 7:30 PM.
  • On religious holidays, especially during Easter and Christmas, please make sure you are updated with the St. Mark's Basilica opening hours.

Last Admission:

  • Last admission time is 15 minutes from the closing time i.e. 4:45 PM at St. Mark's Basilica.
  • At 8:45 PM, the Bell Tower's doors are closed to visitors. 

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Why is St Mark's Basilica famous?

    The St. Mark’s Basilica is famous for being the greatest and the oldest church of Venice with phenomenal architecture and buildings with the gold pieces of the mosaics inside the St.Mark's Basilica are made of the real gold which people come to see.

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