Sunday, October 3, 2010

St. Mark's Campanile

Posted by Kero at Sunday, October 03, 2010
Today, I am taking you back to Venice, Italy for a little history ((^_^))

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.
The tower is 98.6 metres tall and stands alone in front of the basilica. This is where 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 Campanile is capped by a pyramidal square of which sits a golden weather vane in the form of Angel Gabriel.The cube on top of the archs shows alternate faces of walking lions (in honor of St. Mark) and the female representation of Venice - Justice.

Angel Gabriel
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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A 2 Z on October 4, 2010 at 8:03 AM said...

Beautiful. I was there 5 years ago. I did not want to leave. I'm visiting from Yellow Monday. I'm your new follower.


☺lani☺ on October 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM said...

Great place, great history! Happy Week ahead!

Junneth on October 4, 2010 at 6:34 PM said...

Lovely post! Have a wonderful Mellow Yellow Monday! My MYM is posted slot 66... pls do browse! thanks!

SmilingSally on October 4, 2010 at 6:34 PM said...

I've been there, and it's gorgeous!

Happy Blue Monday, Kero!

LV on October 4, 2010 at 7:43 PM said...

History was not my favorite subject in school, but I enjoyed the lesson you shared today.

Auntie E on October 4, 2010 at 9:21 PM said...

I love that place... Want to go again.. Vince is a wonderful place.
My Blue Monday link for you

Donnie on October 5, 2010 at 12:04 AM said...

Lovely photo's.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall on October 5, 2010 at 4:53 AM said...


Sassy Mom on October 5, 2010 at 5:40 AM said...

Truly a lovely place. I can't wait to visit that place.

Unknown on October 10, 2010 at 12:54 AM said...

I would love to go to Italy! Especially in Rome ;)

Ebie on October 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM said...

A beautiful city, one on my list to visit! Thanks for sharing the history of the city.

gemini on October 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM said...

great pictures! and amazingly beautiful, wish to visit those places one day.

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