St. Mark’s basilica in Venice is one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Especially if you are able to see it at night as part of a private night tour.

Ceiling of St. Mark's basilica in VeniceDuring my recent trip to Venice with my husband, we were two of a group of six who were invited to tour the church at night. After entering through the rear entrance, we sat in a pew and awaited the spectacular show of lights.

One by one the lights came on and the ceiling of the church was illuminated. We were in awe as the gold mosaic pieces sparkled in the light. It was like Christmas when I was a child in Germany. We weren’t allowed to see the Christmas tree until Christmas eve. The lights on the tree, the music, the presents—it was so dramatic.

Photo of St. Mark's basilica motif of JesusThe mosaic pieces in the ceiling of St. Mark’s basilica are gold and covered in clear glass. They depict different religious motifs and periods.

We were thankful to have been allowed to take photos that evening, and to view the altarpiece that is decorated with jewels.

I will never forget the experience for as long as I live.

Do you have a loving childhood memory or Christmas tradition you’d like to share? Leave a comment below. I always enjoy learning about the different ways people celebrate this special time of year.

Stay true to your journey!