"Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Cathedral/ Basilica) evangelista al campidoglio" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Tuesday 10th May 2011
The original church was built by order of pope St Mark in 336 in honour of the saint with the same name. In the 9th century it was reconstructed with the creation of apse mosaics, that survived till our days. The church was totally recnostructed by Paul II, who built adjoining to it Palazzo Venezia; he made it the "national" church of Venetians. The architects were G.d.Maiano and L.B.Alberti. The further restoration took place in 1750 conducted by Filippo Barigioni.
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (officially known in Italian as the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco and commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture.
The facade is an elegant Renaissance work with a portico and a loggia built for the papal benediction ceremony when Palazzo Venezia was used as a popes' residence. The bell-tower is of the 12th century with the marble disks of verde antico.
The interior of Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Cathedral/ Basilica) evangelista al campidoglio is on a basilican plan with the nave divided from the aisles by pilasters. The lacunar ceiling covered by gold and blue colors is by Giovannino and Marco de'Dolci (1486). Under the high altar is porphyry urn with the body of pope St Mark. The 3rd chapel on the right contains "Adoration of the Magi" by C.Maratta, and a tomb of cardinal Vidman by C.Fancelli. In the presbytery is a tomb of Leonardo Pesaro by A.Canova. The chapel to the right of the high altar by P.da Cortona contains the painting by M.d.Forli' "St Mark the Pope", and frescoes by Borgognone. In the sacristy is a tabernacle by M.d.Fiesole and G.Dalmata, a painting by Melozo da Forli', and a fragment of a fresco by Cavallini.
The façade, consisting of a porch with three arcades with semi-columns leaning on pilasters, defined of the Benedizione, is among the most elegant Renaissance architectural examples in Rome and is a work by Giuliano da Magliano or by Leon Battista Alberti. Behind it one finds the little Romanesque bell-tower with three-mullioned windows, adorned by antique green disks. During the restoration works of the the church underground ruins of the first basilica from C. IV were retrieved. In the basilica one has also retrieved the bones of many martyrs such as San Marco’s, now treasured under the high altar.
Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Cathedral/ Basilica) evangelista al campidoglio
Via di San Marco, Piazza di San Marco, 48
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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Tuesday to Saturday 7.30am-12:30pm 4.00pm-7.00pm., Monday 4.00pm-7.00pm., Sunday 7.30am-12.30pm 4.00pm-7.30pm
Parish office: Monday to Saturday 9.00am-12.00am 4.00pm-6.00pm
Masses: Weekdays 7.30am 7.30pm., Holidays12.00am 7.00pm
Telephone: 0039 06 6795205
Fax: 0039 06 6795205