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...
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...
Tucked behind the main altar containing St Mark’s sarcophagus is the Pala d’Oro, studded with 2000 emeralds, amethysts, sapphires,...
Booty from the Crusades fill the Basilica di San Marco's treasury, including a 10th-century rock-crystal ewer with winged feet made for Fatimid Caliph al-'Aziz-bi-llah. Don't miss the bejewelled 12th-century Archangel Michael icon, featuring tiny, feisty enamelled saints. Doges' remains are preserved alongside alleged saints' relics, including St Mark's thumb, the arm St George used to slay the dragon and even a lock of the Madonna's hair.