Basilica di San Marco
With its Byzantine domes and 8500 sq metres of luminous mosaics, Venice's basilica is an unforgettable sight. It dates to the 9th...
Booty from the Crusades fill the Basilica di San Marco's treasury, including a 10th-century rock-crystal ewer with winged feet made for...
The ducal treasures on show in the basilica's museum would put a king’s ransom to shame. A highlight is the Quadriga of St Mark's , a...
Continuing the long tradition of welcoming travellers to Venice, the Diocese of Venice lays on a hearty €14 lunch menu in this...
Pala d’Oro information
Tucked behind the main altar containing St Mark’s sarcophagus is the Pala d’Oro, studded with 2000 emeralds, amethysts, sapphires, rubies, pearls and other gemstones. But the most priceless treasures here are biblical figures in vibrant cloisonné, begun in Constantinople in AD 976 and elaborated by Venetian goldsmiths in 1209. The enamelled saints have wild beards and wide eyes fixed in wonder on Jesus.