St Mark's Basilica

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  • Day6


    September 13, 2017 in Italy ⋅

    We arrived in Venice today after a smooth Aer Lingus flight. We have a "darling" apartment (per Linda) overlooking a canal and bridge in the first picture. She's right, it is darling!

  • Day3

    Markusplatz und Markusdom

    December 29, 2016 in Italy ⋅

    Anschließend machen wir uns wieder via Vaporetto auf den Weg zurück zum Markusplatz, wo wir noch den Markusdom besichtigen. Wir schauen uns die Kirche an und genießen die herrliche Aussicht auf den Markusplatz, die man von der Galerie hat. Weiter geht's in eine nahe gelegenen Bar zu einem kurzen Drink, bevor wir uns auf den Weg zurück ins Hotel machen um uns vor dem Abendessen noch ein wenig zu entspannen.Read more

  • Day8

    St. Mark's Cathedral at Night

    November 8, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    We went to St. Mark's Cathedral at night for a presentation by Art Historian Susan. She began the program in total darkness, giving an account of the retrieval of the body of St. Mark from Muslim Alexandria in Egypt. Then at the appointed time, all of the lights of the cathedral illuminated the golden domes inside. She was careful to tell us that if it looked like gold, it was gold. The effect was overwhelming.Read more

  • Day9


    June 13, 2017 in Italy ⋅

    The Saint Mark's Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy.

    Opened: 1092
    Dome height (outer): 43m
    Architectural styles: Gothic architecture, Byzantine architecture, Italian Gothic architecture

  • Day3

    Museums of Venice

    December 22, 2016 in Italy ⋅

    A late-ish start to what would be a busy morning today. After breakfast, we took a walk north from our hotel to the Natural History Museum, via the Rialto Fish Market. The market was in full swing by the time we got there; the swordfish on display were were the seagulls loitering ominously nearby. Shortly after a minor detour (being lost in Venetian alleys) we found the Natural History Museum. Some of the displays were interesting but the museum was entirely in Italian and seemed to lack any sense of flow. Their was a fascinating of gruesome room of mounted heads of almost every animal imaginable. We spent a diverting hour here before moving onwards to Palazzo Mocenigo. Much like the Ca'rezzonico, this was an impressively decorated and furnished former palace but we lacked the historical detail to understand it's relevance and place in Venetian history. It did include a history of perfume making which was interesting but, in their concentrated form, many of the scents smell atrocious. We then trekked through the rest of San Polo and San Marco to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace). A hugely impressive building glittering in the low and dazzling morning sun, the inside was just as glamourous. Huge frescos and oil paintings with golden gilt frames adorned almost every wall and ceiling in this heart of Venetian governance...even the prison cells were far from horrific. Sadly the Doge's apartment was under renovation, but the rest of the palace was well worth a visit. Afterwards, we headed across Saint Mark's Square to the Museum Correr, all included in our Museum Pass. The entrance room housed one of the most interesting displays in any of the museums we'd visited; it showed the history of trying to preserve Venice from flooding as well as a 20 minute video on the various barrier defences and lagoon preservation currently underway. Beyond this, the royal apartments and archeological museum held some fascinating pieces including 17th century globes and a letter signed by Elizabeth I. After such a hectic morning, we were exhausted and it was only lunchtime!Read more

  • Day66


    August 3, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Buona notte! It feels great to be back in the most beautiful country in the world! We landed late in Venice after our flight was delayed due to bad weather. When we got our bags at the airport we took a boat directly to the part of Venice our hostel was in which was pretty cool since I’d never gotten on a boat directly at an airport before. Checking into our hostel was a magical experience. Our hostel, we_crociferi, is an old monastery that has been repurposed throughout the years and is now a hostel/student housing. The building was absolutely beautiful and it felt like we were staying in a museum from the Roman Empire era! There is a really nice hangout area outside of reception with pretty lights at night. And the best part was that our room was private and had air conditioning! It felt like paradise! Luckily there was a late night restaurant just two minutes by the hostel so we had a late dinner and then called it a night! We slept in the next day and started our day at a venetian restaurant popular amongst the locals. I had squid ink pasta which was delicious. Afterwards we did the must do daily activity in Italy and got gelato! It felt amazing to have real Italian food again! We then walked around for a bit and then decided to splurge and do a 30 minute gondola ride. Our ride was in the small canal which was nice and relaxing and away from the crowds. We also didn’t have to wait in any kind of line to board the gondola, we just saw a nice area and walked on which was great and stress free. Even though it was a bit pricey it was really nice and a great way to see the city. Plus I’m sure we would have felt some FOMO if we didn’t do this typical Venice “must do” activity. Afterwards we walked around and made our way to St.Marks square. It was late enough in the afternoon that most of the cruise ships left for the day so the square wasn’t too crowded. This was great because it allowed us to actually enjoy the beauty of the area. After this we walked around a bit more. When reading what to do in Venice every website said one of the best things to do was get lost walking around. Usually I find this a bit annoying for travel blogs to include but for Venice it makes sense. There are so many tiny alleys with no street signs that you pretty much have no choice but to get lost! However getting lost in Venice isn’t bad at all because every part of the city looks like pictures straight out of a travel book. Even the ugliest parts of the city were pretty enough to likely be my favorite part if it were in another city! For dinner we treated ourselves to a meal at La Caravella. I had the ravioli which was very tasty. Naomi and I wanted to split a desert and were torn between the tiramisu and lemon notes. We went with the lemon notes which was absolutely delicious. However after we finished our dessert we saw the tiramisu brought to another table we got jealous because it also looked amazing so we decided to order it as well! The wait staff joked around with us about it and they were hilarious throughout our entire meal. During our meal we noticed an adorable couple at a table near us. We thought they were so cute that we went up to them when we were leaving to tell them that we thought the were adorable and to wish them happiness. They seemed to really appreciate this and told us that they were currently on their honeymoon! We think that they may tell their kids this story one day which makes us happy :). The dinner itself was pretty fancy and was candlelit and I realized after the meal that the only candlelit dinners I’ve ever had have been with my Dad and Naomi. Who needs romance when you can enjoy a great dinner with your buddies! After dinner we walked around for a while and had a nice heart to heart and then went to bed in our hostel in paradise!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

St Mark's Basilica, Markusdom, Basilica di San Marco

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