San Marco Bell Tower

In this chapter we discuss one of the symbols of Venezia, a solitary bell tower on San Marco Square, the San Marco Bell Tower.

From the top of the San Marco Bell Tower you can enjoy wonderful views of the city, the lagoon and, allowing visibility, the snow-covered Alps. The first bell tower was built between 888 and 912 and was used as a beacon for navigators. Later he took a less generous role, in fact, outside the tower was hung a cage with prisoners inside.

The current appearance of the bell tower, however, dates back to the early sixteenth century when Bartolomeo Bon restored it after an earthquake. The tower resisted until July 14, 1902 when the foundations gave way and suddenly collapsed. The golden angel at the top of the bell tower on 6 July 1513 indicates the direction of the winds.

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