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Visit Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice

Saint Mark's Campanile stands next to Saint Mark's Basilica in Saint Mark's Square. It is 98.6 meters tall and is the tallest building in Venice.

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Italy This Way Review: The Campanile is much higher than the other buildings in Venice and so offers great views over Saint Mark's Square and much of the rest of Venice.

Saint Mark's Campanile was built in 1912 to replace the previous tower which collapsed ten years earlier.

Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice

The campanile was originally a watchtower to protect the harbour and also served to guide Venetian ships back into the city.

It was originally built in the 10th century and added to over the years. In the 12th century a belfry and a spire were added and in the 14th century the spire was gilded making it more visible to incoming ships.

In the 15th century a logetta was built around the base of the tower to allow nobles to gather when they came to the square.

In the 16th century the belfry and spire were rebuilt and the Campanile reached its final height. An attic was built on top of the belfry and had effigies of the Lion of Saint Mark and a representation of Justice.

 
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On top of this is the spire which is a pyramid in shape and on top of this a gold statue of the archangel Gabriel which is also a weather vane.

Over the years various fires and even an earthquake destroyed or damaged parts of the Campanile which had to be repaired.

In the 19th century various wooden buildings at the base of the tower were removed and the weakened state of the tower was realised.

Various repairs were undertaken and it was decided it was possible to repair the structure.

In July of 1902 when work was being carried out on the logetta serious damage to the tower arose tower was roped off to prevent injury from falling mortar.

On the 14th July stones began to fall and at 9.30 the square was roped off. At 9.45 the tower collapsed entirely. Fortunately the tower collapsed in on itself and there was very little surrounding damage.

Later that evening the council met and voted unanimously to rebuild the tower exactly as it was.

Finances to help with the rebuild came in from all around the world and the reconstructed tower was completed in 1908. The belfry, attic and spire were completed in 1912.

An elevator was added in 1962 making visits to the top of the tower very easy! A visit to the top of the tower is definitely recommended for the fabulous views you get over Saint Mark's Square and Basilica, the Doge's palace, the Grand Canal and much of the rest of Venice. Superb!

Saint Mark's Campanile inspired various other towers around the world including the Venetian towers of Barcelona, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower in New York and the North Toronto station in Toronto.

Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice

Attractions nearby

Venice is a fabulous city that should be on everyone's bucket list. Exporing the canals and admiring the beautiful Venetian buildings and palaces is a pleasure. In particular look out for Saint Mark's Square, Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's palace, the Grand Canal and the Rialto bridge.

If you have time take a look at the spiral staircase of the Scala Conarini del Bovolo.

There are several museums and galleries in Venice worth a visit if you are visiting for a few days. These include the Academy of Art, the Fondaco-dei-Tadeschi, the Museum of Archaeology and the Museum Correr.

The beach at Venice is nothing special however if you wish to escape the crowds or are travelling with children then head to the Venice Lido where you can swim and sunbathe.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Venice guide and the Venice-Veneto guide.

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Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice places to visit

The National Archaeological Museum, Venice

The National Archaeological Museum, Venice

The Venice National Archaeological Museum has an interesting collection of Roman and Greek statues and many items donated by rich Venetian families.

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Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica is the stunning cathedral church of Venice which sits on Saint Mark's Square and inside houses magnificent Byzantine mosaics.

Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice guide
The Doge's Palace, Venice

The Doge's Palace, Venice

The Doge's Palace on Saint Mark's Square in Venice is a beautiful Gothic and Renaissance building with lavishly painted rooms inside.

The Doge's Palace, Venice guide
Museo Correr, Venice

Museo Correr, Venice

The Museo Correr has a collection of sculptures and items related to Venice housed in the sumptuous rooms of the Napoleonic wing on Saint Mark's Square.

Museo Correr, Venice guide
Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

Scala Contarini del Bovolo is a 15th century palace in the renaissance style and with a spiral staircase, in the San Marco district of Venice

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice guide
The Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto bridge is one of the iconic sights of Venice

The Rialto Bridge, Venice guide

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