NileGuide Expert Says:
The Basilica di San Marco is definitely the main event of Venice, so a complete tour is highly recommended to soak up all of the fun stories tied to the beautiful Basilica di San Marco.
San Marco 328
Piazza San Marco
30124 Venice, Italy
tel: +39 0412413817
fax: +39 41 520 8289
Summer: M- Sa 9:30a-5:30p, Su 2p-5:30p, Winter: M-Sa 10a-4p, Su 2p-6p
Even before arriving in front of the Byzantine styled Basilica di San Marco, her many magnificent domes can be seen from afar announcing their presence and status in Venice. The story goes, that the remains of St. Mark were brought, or stolen – depending on your point of view, by the Venetians from Alexandria to rest in this elaborate burial place back in the 9th century. On closer observation, you will notice not all of the columns on the Basilica di San Marco are the same (some green marble, others not) due to trading with incoming merchants for the materials to build and decorate this amazing edifice. History throughout the centuries is woven into the world-wide known Basilica di San Marco, including the originally looted Bronze horses being stolen by Napoleon, and then returned again in 1815.