The Campanile of St. Mark's Square, Venice - Tracy McCrackin Photography

The Campanile of St. Mark's Square, Venice

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Giving the broad expanse of St. Marco's Square in Venice, is its campanile, the tall brick bell tower for the basilica.  It towers above the corner of the arcaded Procuratie Nuove, linking the Piazza and the Piazzetta. The campanile is so tall that it was used by approaching ships as a beacon to guide them home. It was begun construction in the 10th center, but its pointed roof and gilded pinnacle weren't added until the 15th century.

On July 14, 1902, it collapsed into the piazza in a heap of rubble, smashing the Loggetta at its foot but causing no casualties. By 1912, it had been painstakingly rebuilt to its original 98.6-meter height, as was the Loggetta, a small marble loggia built by Sansovino between 1537 and 1540 for the members of the Great Council to assemble before going into the sessions.

In the Middle Ages, the campanile was also used as a pillory: wrongdoers — including adulterers and renegade priests — were confined in a cage and hoisted halfway up the tower. This breezy punishment could last for several weeks. It has more benign uses today; an elevator will whisk you up to the platform at the top for spectacular views across the city and the lagoon.

This "The Campanile of St. Mark's Square" image captures the storm passing behind the bell tower, and the famed piazza in the forefront.  Add this Italian architecture image to your home, office or cubicle. Your image will be printed using high-quality papers with a high color accuracy, which guarantees that your prints will last a lifetime without fading.