Saint Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark is the patron saint of Venice and his symbol of winged lion armed with a sword, and with a book can be see in various places around the Piazza San Marco.
Saint Mark’s Basilica is a stunning Byzantine Cathedral trimmed in gold inside and out. The Basilica is covered in mosaics that display stories about St.Mark, scenes from the old and new testament and the lives of various saints. The Cathedral holds the relics of St.Mark which were brought to Venice in the year 823.
The Basilica was a chapel attached to the Doges Palace for around a 1000 years. Saint Mark’s was separated from the Palace and became the cathedral of Venice in 1807.
The Basilica is by far the most grandly decorated place I have ever visited. It is well worth purchasing tickets to go inside the Cathedral to study and admire the artworks inside.
The Cathedral is also home to the museum of St. Mark. There are limited opportunities to take photos once you are inside, so you will have to be content with committing most of the elaborate artworks to memory rather than record them with your camera.
Getting to Saint Mark’s Basilica
Saint Mark’s Basilica is located in the the Piazza San Marco. The Piazza can be easily accessed on foot and by water bus. Gondolas are available if you want little more romance.