Special guest deserves special treatments. A full undisturbed inspection of the Byzantine altarpiece, Pala d'Oro made with 1,900 gems and a grand view of the great mosaics that re-tell the story of Saint Mark. As we continue on in St. Mark's Basilica, custodians of the Crypt will unlock its treasure below the altarpiece.
St. Mark’s Basilica History
Your guide will meet you at St. Mark’s Square. Through thrilling anecdotes and swashbuckling stories, learn about the history of Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica and how it received its precious relics via a 9th-century kidnapping series. But the real treat is when a custodian unlocks the basilica’s doors for you, after closing hours, giving you the VIP treatment and a lifetime experience of St. Mark’s Basilica, where almost nobody else does or ever has ever been able to (aside from the Doge himself). There are no crowds and no hindrances before your vision. Instead, you’re alone with your guide and the custodian. So you can experience the basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace.
There will be an expert and knowledgeable guide, who is passionate about Venetian art and history, to share with you the secrets and history of St. Mark's Basilica. You’ll hear the tales of how St. Mark’s became St. Mark, a story that pivots on kidnapping and dangerous sea voyage. You’ll learn where the originality of the precious marbles that decorates St. Mark’s.
Pala D’Oro and the Crypt of St. Mark’s Basilica
The privilege of skipping the lines to see the spectacular Byzantine altarpiece, Pala D’Oro, which uses more than 1,900 gems, and visit every nooks and hook of the Basilica where others, can’t. The special treasure of St. Mark’s Basilica is the relics of St. Mark held in a Crypt underneath the altarpiece. Given a VIP access to the secret vaults of the Crypt, will reveal the stained walls that were marked by the past floods that have devastated Venice. The crypt used to be flooded every time the high tide hit the city.
Nighttime St. Mark’s Basilica
Nighttime is the best time to visit as the sun sets, it casts its ray on the 43,000 square feet mosaics, which illustrates St. Marco's tales, as well as the scenes of the Old and New Testament, will lit up, glimmering and sparkling in the dark causing a breathtaking beauty shining inside the Basilica.
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