St Mark’s Basilica

Saint Mark’s Basilica is a symbol of Venice and one of the most important examples of Byzantine architecture worldwide. It is situated at the square of the same name (Piazza San Marco), next to the Doge’s Palace.

The cathedral’s construction was completed around 1071 and it hosts the supposed relics of Mark the Evangelist that were secretly transferred to Venice from Egypt by two Venetian merchants in 828 A.C.

At the cathedral’s facade, you will find the spectacular bronze replicas of The Horses of St Mark statue. The five round-arched portals to the inside of the cathedral are decorated with detailed mosaics and flanked by marble columns.

As soon as you enter inside, you will marvel at the sparkling mosaics with their golden backgrounds that elaborately adorn the whole interior of St Mark’s Basilica. Furthermore, the Treasure of St. Mark’s is the richest documentation of gold and silver work, precious stones, ornamental glass and paintings.

Right next to the Basilica, you will find St Mark’s Campanile, the bell tower and tallest building in Venice. From its top, you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Venice.