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07 May

Piazzo San Marco, Clock Tower, Venice, Italy

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Piazza San Marco

Clock Tower

1496-1506

This is one of the most significant Renaissance buildings in Venice. The central part was designed in 1496 by Mauro Codussi and houses the clock (whose face shows the phases of the moon and sun as well as the signs of the zodiac). Also adorned with a Lion of St. Mark and a niche for a statue of the Madonna, this part of the structure is surmounted by the famous Two Moors Bell. The side wings were added in 1506, and then raised higher in 1755 (to designs by the architect Giorgio Massari). The clock tower can be visited by appointment (info: www.museiciviciveneziani.it)

30 Apr

Piazza San Marco, Piazzetta dei Leoncini, Venice, Italy

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Piazzetta dei Leoncini

This takes its name from the two small lions (Leoncini) in red marble (1722).

At the far end stands the neo-classical structure of the Patriarch’s Palace, built in 1836-1850 to designs by Lorenzo Santi. To the left is the church of San Basso (1676) and to the right the north wall of St. Mark’s Basilica, adorned with splendid carved marble decoration (Porta dei Fiori).

23 Apr

Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

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Piazza San Marco

Doge’s Palace

First built 9th cent.,

Rebuilt in the 12th, 14th and 15th cent.

Work on the façade as it looks today began in 1424 and was based on the style and decorative motifs of the older waterfront façade. At the far end, on the left as you look at the façade, is the monumental Gothic Porta della Carta (Paper Gateway), the work of Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon (1438-1442). For eight hundred years the Doge’s Palace was not only the residence of the doge but also the seat of government, and it reflects all aspects of the city’s cultural, artistic, military, political and economic history. The public entrance is now by the Porta del Frumento (Grain Gateway) in the waterfront façade; admission is included in the “Museums of St. Mark’s Square” ticket.

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