About St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most iconic and celebrated religious monuments in Italy. Also known as San Marco Basilica, this structure is located at St. Mark's Square, Venice, and was initially used as a chapel for the Doge, who was the then head of the state of Venice. Later on, when the remains of St. Mark’s were brought from Alexandria to Venice, the chapel was converted to honor St. Mark, the Evangelist.

Its unique architecture in the Italian Gothic style, domes, museums, golden mosaics, artworks, and treasury are what attract tourists and visitors from all over the world. Since it is located in close proximity to other important structures like the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark's Campanile, and also the Grand Canal, which has amazing picturesque views and is best for photography. Apart from these, there are also numerous cafes, restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops, etc.

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St. Mark’s Basilica is located at P.za San Marco, 328, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy. 


St. Mark’s Basilica's opening hours are between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, except on Sundays and a few public holidays, when its opening hours are limited, and is generally open all across the year. Entry to the church is free and as such, you may find a long queue at the entrance and may be required to wait for quite some time. However, buying a ticket may help you skip the line and get a privileged entry.

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Who built St. Mark’s Basilica?

    St. Mark’s Basilica is believed to have been built by Domenico I Contarini. He was the Doge or supreme leader of Venice in the 11th century and built it as a private chapel.

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