Saint Mark's Basilica : Michelin's recommendations
Its five domes outlined in the sky, its facade interrupted by a terrace with balustrade ornamented by a group of bronze horses, the mosaics on its portals showing the story of the return of Saint Mark's body to Venice, offer a spectacular vision that you will have all the time to admire if you just stand at the tail of the line of visitors that sometimes extends to the other end of the square.Don't be discouraged by the wait, as you must not miss the inside of the basilica. Even the least interested among you will be left in awe of the place! The first impression you get is oddly oriental. The magnificent marble floor contributes to this effect. But most of all it is the sumptuous golden mosaics that literally cover the entire building and illuminate the whole place, especially on a sunny day! You might not have the time to interpret the scenes from the New Testament, but in the end it doesn't really matter: the whole is spectacular! Under the entrance porch, a staircase leads to the gallery and the Saint Mark's Museum - do go upstairs! From there you will get a panoramic view of the interior of the basilica and, from the outside gallery, you will get a sumptuous view of the city and Piazza San Marco. In the museum you attention will turn, without any doubt, towards the bronze horses. They were brought to Venice as part of the spoils of the 4th Crusade. But they actually date from way before that time, and they will impress you with their extraordinary aliveness.
Opening hours :
- 9.45am-4pm or 5pm, Sun and Bank Hols 2pm-4pm or 5pm
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