St Mark's Campanile

The bell tower of the Basilica of St. Mark's Campanile (Campanile di San Marco) is one of the major tourist attractions of the city and a symbol of Venice. In 2012, they celebrated its 100th anniversary.

About St Mark's Campanile

The construction of the bell tower on old Roman foundations began in the 9th century and has since been redesigned and reconstructed several times. Throughout the centuries, most times it was damaged by lightning, but today's 98.6 meters high tower of bricks that rises at the famous St. Mark's Square, in front of the homonymous Basilica, actually is a true copy of the old bell tower, which collapsed on 14 July 1902.

In early July 1902, on the north wall of the tower there was a big crack. A few days later, a bell tower collapsed, destroying it to the ground and a lodge at the base. For Venetians this event represented kind of a "miracle" because the bell tower crash behaved as "a real gentleman" - not anyone killed or injured, but one cat that lived in the loggia.

The construction of a new bell tower began immediately after clearing the land and lasted ten years, and from the original five bells just one survived, and that the greatest called Marangon.

From the ruins emerged a new tower with the identical look and old material. It is now safe to climb to the top of the bell tower elevator that takes max 14 people.

The famous bell tower of St Mark's Square is a great place where you can see the entire city and the surrounding islands. Apart from the fantastic views, and if you are lucky and istempirate visit during the ringing, the above will be welcomed by the plaque with the inscription that the steeple used and Galileo to demonstrate his telescope.

The tower is 98.6 meters high.

The colons of tourists who want to climb gets smaller by the end of the day. Admission is 6 pounds. You can visit it from 9 am to 9 pm.

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