Basilica di San Marco - Chiesa d'Oro

Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco of course wouldn't be the Piazza San Marco without the Basilica di San Marco. Aptly known also as the Chiesa d'Oro (Church of Gold), it is one of the most richly embellished churches in the world. The basilica is topped with an enormous cupola that is surrounded by several other smaller ones. As with many of the other churches in Italy, the fascade of the church is decorated with marble. In addition to the marble, there are beautiful mosaics depicting scenes from the life of Christ and St. Mark.

According to legend, St. Mark's body was smuggled out of Alexandria in A.D. 828 into Venice (hence, the name of St. Marks...Theodore, the Greek saint was patron saint of Venice up until this point).

When inside the Basilica di San Marco, you must set your eyes onto the Pala d'Oro, a golden altar screen set with 300 emeralds, 300 sapphires, 400 garnets, 100 amethysts, and 1,300 pearls.

Be aware that churches in Italy strictly enforce a modest dress code. No shorts, no bare shoulders or arms, and no skirts above the knees are permitted in the Basilica. Additionally, no pictures are permitted and silence must be observed.

Basilica and Presbytery
Apr-Sept Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun 2-5:30pm
Oct-Mar Mon-Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 2-4:30pm.

Treasury Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm; Sun 2-5pm.

Marciano Museum Apr-Sept Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 2-4:30pm
Oct-Mar Mon-Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 2-4:30pm

Basilica free
Treasury 2€
Presbytery 1.50€
Marciano Museum 1.50€

  • Directions: VAPORETTO: San Marco




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