Visit the Basilica of San Marco, the most important church in Venice.
Visit the Basilica of San Marco, the most important church in Venice.
The history of the Basilica of San Marco dates back to ancient times.

Originally conceived as an extension of the Ducal Palace, its destiny changed when construction began in the year 828 to house the remains of the Apostle San Marco, brought from distant lands of Alexandria. In this way,San Marco became the protector of the city, a fundamental event that led to the episcopal independence of Venice.

The current construction of the basilica began in 1063 under a Byzantine style, reflecting the power of the prosperous Venetian Republic. Its central plan took the form of a Greek cross, crowned by five impressive domes, in a unique amalgamation of ancient and oriental art.

Over time, several modifications were made to the Basilica, especially in terms of its decoration; Pointed Gothic arches, the iconic arch of Sant'Alipio, sculptures, and mosaics dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries adorn the main façade. Additionally, the central portal features bas-reliefs representing various professions and zodiac signs. The marbles adorning the temple come from eastern lands, and the figures of the Tetrarchs and the famous horses of San Marco stand out. The result is an impressive and beautiful blend of styles that captivates everyone who visits.

The Basilica of San Marco, as we admire it today, although transformed over time, maintains its Greek cross plan and its five majestic domes. In 1807, it achieved the status of the city's cathedral and boasts over 4,000 square meters of mosaics, many of them belonging to the 13th century, as well as 500 columns dating back to the 3rd century. Throughout history and even today, the Basilica of San Marco remains the epicenter of public and religious life in Venice, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Where to stay?

If you are looking for an authentic and unique experience in the city of canals, Hotel Tintoretto is the perfect hotel.

Located in the heart of the Cannaregio district, our hotel seamlessly combines elegance and tradition with authentic Venetian hospitality. Its location around the Campanile of Santa Fosca makes it a unique place in the entire city and a notable landmark in the Venetian landscape.

Our rooms, with breathtaking views of the Santa Fosca canal, are elegantly decorated with warm colors and details that offer a cozy and exclusive retreat during your stay. After a day of exploring the treasures of Venice, you can relax in a charming and soothing ambiance.

And don't forget to enjoy a romantic dinner at our restaurant Ostaria Santa Fosca, where you can savour typical regional dishes made with local products while enjoying the beautiful canal views.

At Hotel Tintoretto, our mission is to make your stay in Venice unforgettable, so book now and enjoy the holidays of your dreams!