Campanile de San Marco is the bell tower of St. Marks Basilica (nicknamed as the Church of Gold) in Venice. Built in 1514, it is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
|In 1540 the Logetta was added, an ornate podium at the entrance of the tower. A lift brings you to the top. when the weather permits, you can see as far as the Alps.|
Galileo Galilei famously demonstrated his telescope to the Doge of Venice in 1609. There is a plaque commemorating this event at the viewing area of the tower.
|Detail of the tower|
The arched belfry on top of the plain brick shaft houses the five bells. Each of them had a special purpose. The Renghiera (or the Maleficio) announced executions; the Mezza Terza proclaimed a session of the Senate; the Nona sounded midday; the Trottiera called the members of the Maggior Consiglio to council meetings and the Marangona , the biggest, rang to mark the beginning and ending of working day.
|Piazza San Marco|
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