St. Mark’s Campanile: The Bell Tower In Venice, Italy
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Venetians have a fondness for the St. Mark’s Bell Tower. They refer to this structure as the master of the house. The famous bell tower of San Marco is 87 meters high. It sits directly in front of the basilica, and the golden statue of Gabriel the archangel sits on top of the structure. This statue is 3 feet tall with wings. The statue rotates on top of the bell tower. The Venetians believe that when the statue rotates and faces the basilica, there will be high water in the town.

In 1902, on the morning of July 14, the townspeople awoke to a calamity. Their beloved bell tower had collapsed. This was shocking to the people of venice. On that evening, the city council discussed their options. The people of Italy decided work on the destroyed symbol would begin quickly. Venitians’s love for their bell tower is evident throughout history. The townspeople started work on the monument in 1903. By 1912, the workers finished construction. They returned the angel to it’s original position.

DSCN1573 The tower has five bells. They are famous in their own way. The Nona is the bell that chimes on the ninth hour. The Marangona chimes in the morning and again at the end of the workday. The Maleicio announces those subjected to the death penalty. The Trottiera and the Pregadi call judges and politicians to their seats in the Parliament, also called the Doge’s Palace.

After a long and storied history, the San Marco bell tower is still beloved. It continues to be a religious and cultural icon in Venice.

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