Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

St Mark’s Basilica is the titular church in Rome that stands on Piazza San Marco. Venice lions meet visitors at the entrance to the cathedral and remind them of Venice. The legend tells us that basilica was built in the IV century in the honour of Apostle Mark. It is believed that Apostle Mark spent a night in Rome while travelling. Building of the church underwent several reconstructions. If you want to see the initial appearance of the church, go down to the crypt and see the frescos. The interior of the basilica is significantly rich: in the IX century the apse was decorated with mosaic picturing Christ in the centre surrounded by standing prophets, all done in the pure Byzantine style. The very left in the mosaic is Pope Gregory IV pictured in square nimbus. If you take a closer look at his figure, you will see that Gregory holds a model of St Mark’s Basilica. Behind Pope Gregory IV there is the figure of cathedral’s saint – Apostle Mark who holds Pope Gregory by the shoulder. From the XV century the basilica has been a part of Palazzo Venezia.

Address: Piazza di San Marco, 52
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10 am – 1 pm, 4 pm – 6 pm; August 4 pm – 8 pm, Sat and holidays 10 am – 1 pm, 4 pm – 8 pm; Mon, Sun closed
Coordinates: 41.895807, 12.481606