Forge of Empires St. Mark’s Basilica [Great Building Guide]

Welcome to our Forge of Empires St. Mark’s Basilica Great Building Guide!

Everybody visiting Venice, Italy wants to see the St. Mark’s Basilica.

This church is the result of 1,000 years of development and improvement. Until today it holds the relics of the evangelist Markus.

In Forge of Empires it is a 6×6 High Middle Ages great building.

Forge of Empires St. Mark’s Basilica

Accordingly the construction requires goods from the High Middle Ages:

  • 80 Brick
  • 200 Glass
  • 120 Ropes
  • 190 Salt
  • 160 Dried Herbs

St. Mark’s Basilica Advantages

St. Mark’s Basilica has 2 major advantages:

  • Good Production: produces random goods from the city’s age
  • Coin Boost: provides population

Good Production

To enable the goods production, the St. Mark’s Basilica must be connected to a street. As for all great buildings a single lane is sufficient.

All players need goods urgently. 10 goods every day on level 1 or 25 goods/day on level 10 can be a great advantage.

The moment you advance to a new age, you will receive goods of that new age even if you might not yet have researched the related good production buildings.

From Modern Era onwards, when refined goods are added to the game, it produces twice as many unrefined goods instead.

Unrefined goods are goods from the 3rd age before the current age, e g Colonia Age when the player is in the Modern Era.

This pushes the development, especially for new players.

With this building gameplay is easier. Goods can be used for research and negotiations, e g in the guild expedition.

Coin Boost

The first number of collected coins productions are boosted by a percentage

New players mainly rely on supply production buildings. Having this boost means to have less supply production buildings which saves space.

As space is very limited in new cities, the advantage compensates the space required for this building.


In former times the St. Mark’s Basilica was a great choice.

It provides goods and boosts the coin production.

Both advantages were needed urgently by new players. With the St. Mark’s Basilica the coin shortage was reduced.

It also safes the space and resources for the residential buildings you normally would need to support the required supply production buildings.

Both, the space and the resources, can then be used to intensify good production.

The St. Mark’s Basilica made the game much easier to play for new players.

Since InnoGames grants extremely good event buildings for the completion of the in-game events, good production and coin production became less important.

After some 20 events, this is 2 years of gameplay, players usually receive all needed goods and supplies from event buildings.

The St Mark’s Basilica then is no longer beneficial.

Most keep it as destructing a great building neither returns the forge points nor the goods used to construct and upgrade the great building.

It is a huge building, especially in a small High Middle Ages city.

The 6×6 footprint can be used much better for event buildings and other great buildings.

Therefore, I cannot recommend constructing this great building.