Basilica di San Marco, Venice

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    St Marks

    by fishandchips Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    St Marks

    This church has been called the best church in Europe by the likes of Napoleon and I can see why. It is truely magnificent.

    From the far side of the square the arches and spires look like something out of another age - and of course they are - the Byzantine age. Inside the church is okay (better lighting would help) with many frescos and mozaics keeping your eyes moving - as do the guards given the press of people trying to get in.

    The best time to visit here is early morning before the crowds and tour groups arrive. The queues to get in can get very long. In the evening the church is unbelievable with the sun reflecting off the churches golden front - the hawkers and tour groups have also gone so it's really a special time.

    Be prepared for everything from beggars to excited visitors in and around the church.

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    San Marco's Bacilica Museum

    by Rhondaj Written Feb 18, 2007

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    not the real bronze horse of course

    Getting into the church is free. Once you get inside though you may want to visit the Treasury or Museum, both of which have fees. We went into the museum which cost us 3 euros each. I wanted to see the real bronze horses. Not a large museum by any means, but plenty to look at. One of my favorite parts was being able to walk out on the balcony (loggia) where the horses (fake ones) are. A very nice view of St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace can be seen from here.

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    Original Byzantine mosaic

    by SPW Written Jan 17, 2007

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    Byzantine mosaic

    The mosaic over the left hand front door of San Marco is apparently the only original byzantine mosaic on the exterior. It shows an early version of the church, including the 4 horses on the upper level.

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    St. Marks

    by barney1974 Written Nov 8, 2006

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    Santa Marco's Cathedral and Piazza

    St Marks and the piazza is one of the hubs of Venice and gets pretty crowded during the day with tourists. It is pretty impressive thought to see if you can get there in the morning when not as many are around.

    Also, we were lucky enough to see a wedding in process coming from a different area of the piazza and that made for some entertainment! The bridal party looked so happy!

    ps. i also ran into someone from seattle there as well. go figure!

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    St Mark’s Basilica

    by MikeAtSea Updated Nov 3, 2006

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    St Mark���s Basilica

    St Mark’s Basilica, a superb example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style with five cupolas, was built to house the body of the St Mark the Evangelist.
    The facade features five portals decorated in splendid marbles and mosaics, and with a terrace dividing it into two halves.
    On the terrace stand Four Horses of gilded copper (copies - the originals are now preserved inside) that were sent from Constantinople to Doge Enrico Dandolo in 1204.
    Splendid mosaics in the atrium relate the stories of the Bible. The imposing interior in the form of a Greek cross contains a wealth of paintings and sculptures. Of particular interest are mosaics of Veneto-Byzantine origin, some of them reconstructed from drawings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

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    St. Mark's Basilica

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 15, 2006

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    St. Mark's is Venice's cathedral and its most famous church. St. Mark's dates back to the 11th century, and was built to house the remains of its namesake, St. Mark. It's exterior design features Byzantine influences, which makes it look very different than most of Europe's other cathedrals. The church's interior is ornately decorated with mosaics and frescoes, and is definitely worth seeing. Other attractions inside St. Mark's include its Treasury, which deatures dozens of beautiful religious objects (chalices, monstrances, reliquaries, etc.); the museum, which feautres exhibits about the church's history; and the balcony, which offers good views of St. Mark's square and the Doge's Palace.

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    Piazza San Marco

    by sikorka Written Oct 13, 2006

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    There are lots of fancy coffee shops where you can sit, but the prices are really high (coffee 5E), so just take a sit on the stairs and look at Basilica di S. Marco and listen to music.
    Amazing moment!

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    Touring the amazing interior architecture

    by SLLiew Written Oct 2, 2006

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    There is a collage and fusion of different architectural styles in St. Marks and all the major landmark buildings in Venice. For a history of art student, it has a mixture of classical, byzantinian, oriental, baroque and renaissance art.

    For the untrained eye, just enjoy the different marble column, lacework of tiles and beautiful interior mosaics.

    A great opportunity to take a detailed tour and appreciate Venetian art more.

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    Basilica Di San Marco

    by ozalp Written Sep 8, 2006

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    This basilica is at the Piazza de San Marco and near Palazzo Ducale. It was built in between 1063-1094 years and it keeps the remains of Saint Marco. It had been in Alexandria before two Venetian adventurers brought it to Venice.

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    by mccalpin Written Sep 4, 2006

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    The Basilica is probably the number one destination of tourists in Venice. Why not? It dates from the days of the mighty Venetian Republic.

    I recall the floors being almost like the surface of the water outside, wavy and undulating...;-)

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    by artonice Written Aug 28, 2006

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    This amazing church welcomes you when you enter the Piazza di San Marco.It is really fascinating .

    Unfortunately I couldn't take good photos.But I think unless seeing it you don't feel the magnificent view:))

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    St Marco Basillica

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    The Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark's) is the most famous building in Venice. The church was built to honour the apostle Mark. Hanging from inner walls are great art works and there more than 43,000 ft of gold mosaics. The Pala d'oro an estimated 250 gold plated paintings and is incredibly covered some 1,300 pearls, 300 emeralds ,400 garnets, 90 rubies, 90 amethysts, and 300 sapphires. The body of St Mark is stored in the alcove. After a fire in 976 it was lost only to be rediscovered about 100 years later.

    While you can take a tour through the basilica daily, the best time to visit San Marco is during a high mass.

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    San Marco Basilica

    by rcsparty Written Aug 7, 2006

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    This is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring buildings we have seen during our European travels. It was built during the 9th century and the mosaics on the exterior are worth a close look. The Basilica was originally built to house the remains of St Mark. If you do one thing in Venice, it should be to spend the afternoon in the area around the Basilica.

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    by doug48 Written Jul 30, 2006

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    the basilica san marco is one of the most beautiful in italy. originally built in the 9th century AD to enshrine the body of st. mark. over the entrance to the cathedral are the four horses of st. mark. these are replicas and the originals are on display inside of the cathedral. some examples of the magnificent works of art in the cathedral are, the ascension dome, the pala d' oro, the atrium mosaics, the icon of the nicopeia madonna, and the beautiful marble pavement of the cathedral.

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    by codrutz Written Jul 30, 2006

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    St Mark's Basilica (Italian: Basilica di San Marco in Venezia) is the most famous of the churches of Venice and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies on St Mark's Square, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace and has been the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice since 1807. Since the 9th century, when it was a church adjacent to the Dodge's palace, church that was burnt by the rebellion in 976, rebuilt in 978 and again to form the basis of the present basilica in 1063. For centuries then the basilica suffered a lot of modifications outside as well as on the inside. By example, the four horses of Saint Mark were installed in the basilica in 1254, this statuary group being very ancient, could be BC period.

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