Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

entrance of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy
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Jeff Siebert

The new European Grand Tour counts museums, ancient ruins, churches, and some surprises.

No. 14 St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

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Annual Visitors: 5–6 million

This intricate masterpiece with an elaborate five-domed roof and nearly two acres of mosaics with gold backgrounds covering the walls, arches, cupolas, vaults, and floors is regarded as the finest example of Byzantine art. And no wonder: many of the sculptures and mosaics were stolen directly from Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire during the Crusades. basilicasanmarco.it —April Orcutt

Source: Patriarcato di Venezia

entrance of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy

Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

No. 14 St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Annual Visitors: 5–6 million

This intricate masterpiece with an elaborate five-domed roof and nearly two acres of mosaics with gold backgrounds covering the walls, arches, cupolas, vaults, and floors is regarded as the finest example of Byzantine art. And no wonder: many of the sculptures and mosaics were stolen directly from Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire during the Crusades. basilicasanmarco.it —April Orcutt

Source: Patriarcato di Venezia

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