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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

Calle de Canonica, 323 | 30124 Venice | Official website
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  • Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 5.0 (4.9)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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This elaborate church sits on the popular piazza by the same name. Although the original church was built in 828, St. Mark's Basilica was rebuilt in 1094 after a 976 fire incinerated the older version. Today, its opulence shines from nearly every corner -- from the four bronze horses that guard the entrance to thousands of square feet of mosaics to the Pala d'Oro.

Come early to avoid crowds; the basilica is open daily with abbreviated hours on Sunday. General site visits are free, but the sanctuary and the in-house museum each cost a small fee.

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