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Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

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San Marco
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Address: Piazzetta San Marco San Marco n. 7, 30124 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 240 7211
08:00 - 19:00
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10 years later

I first visited this place 10 years ago when they had the same arrangement: 3 museums in 1 and as we bought our tickets online via VisitMuve we only had to scan the barcode to get... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first visited this place 10 years ago when they had the same arrangement: 3 museums in 1 and as we bought our tickets online via VisitMuve we only had to scan the barcode to get in. The only complaint about his place is that you do not realise when you get from one museum to another as it is... More 

Thank TERRAvelista
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is included in the Doge's Palace ticket along with two other museums and is adjacent to one of them. There's not much to see, you just go with the flow.

Thank Ron S
BiblioNazMarciana, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, responded to this review

Our Monumental rooms are housed in two halls: the Vestibule, or Antechamber, and the Hall which was the former seat of the Public Library (or St. Mark's Library). Both halls are the work of Jacopo Sansovino, who built the library between 1537 and 1553. The paintings were added later. The Library was opened to the public in 1560. The Vestibule... More 

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the visit to the Correr Museum. It came at the end of our tour of the museum but there is possibly another more direct entrance. The opening hours are more restricted than for the Correr so do check in advance and, as when we were there, they do close early some days. The main hall is exceptionally beautiful.

Thank Maureen1937
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Only went in because it was included in our museum ticket but wonderful surprise once you're inside. We went in December so absolutely no crowds and we had time to look around. Not sure how classed as a library as not many books at all, although there are various manuscripts on show including very old Greek and Latin. But for... More 

1 Thank BlackpoolStevieb
Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Beautiful building just not quite what I was expecting for a library. Not many books. just one small room. worth a look if you are already inside the building but no need to visit especially.

1 Thank adammawright
Ghaziabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

It was built between 1537 and 1560 as per the designs by Jacopo Sansovino. The library was commissioned by the Procuratori di San Marco for the Greek and Latin codices donated to the Republic of Venice in 1468 by Cardinal Bessarion. It was one of the most famous libraries of its time. Admission is thru the Correr museum and is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

This library is one of the most important in the Western world because it contains numerous medieval manuscripts, especially Greek manuscripts brought West from Constantinople. The building itself is an inspired Renaissance structure by the great Venetian architect Jacopo Sansovino, who was also responsible for the elegant loggietta next door below the campanile. The library itself cannot be entered except... More 

3 Thank Bruce F
Salem, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is really a combined museum with Museo Correr, but is a lovely place to walk through. It is relatively small, but if you are visiting the Palace museums then it is certainly worth stopping by to see the architecture.

1 Thank Jeanne C
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

The room is very big and have a stunning ceiling, being a good home for the important books displayed. It's part of the Doges' Palace's ticket and you can go inside straight away from The National Archeological Museum.

1 Thank menq
Reading, PA
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

This biblioteca (library) has one of the greatest classical text collections. The room you enter is beautiful. Be sure to look up at the ceiling. The globes in the room are very old and are also magnificent. Entrance to this museum is included in the Doge's Palace ticket.

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The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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