Torre dell'Orologio - St. Mark's Clocktower, Venice

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    Piazza San Marco

    by rubbersoul75 Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    There is only one Piazza in Venice, San Marco. Any other open square in this city is not allowed this title, and is simply called a Campo. Piazza San Marco is perhaps the most dramatic and famous Piazza in the world. It has always been the focal gathering place for all Venetians, rich and poor alike. Now, thousands of tourists fill that role every day.

    Easily a day could be spent in the Piazza and it’s immediate surroundings, which include:

    - Venice’s Basilica San Marco, with rich and lavish art inside and out
    - The world class Museo Correr
    - Campanile Which towers over the square
    - The beautiful and mechanically genius Torre del’Orologio (Clock Tower)
    - The Doges Palace, a museum in itself
    - The Bridge of Sighs
    - The famous Café Florian

    Any time of year, there will be follow tourists flooding in the piazza to see these sites. If you can visit early in the morning, you may have the Piazza to yourself (and a few pigeons), magic.



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    Torre dell'Orologio

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 23, 2006
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    Built in the late 15th century, the clock displays the phases of the moon and the zodiac and was originally designed with seafarers in mind. As with the Basilica in Moscow and the Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, rumour is that the inventors had their eyes gauged out on completion.

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    Torre dell Orologio

    by Fam.Rauca Written Oct 24, 2005

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    At every full time, many people gather under the renaissance clock tower, that guards the entrance to the Mercerie.
    The main tower was built between 1406 and 1506; the wings came later to it.
    The architect Mauro Coducci placed a Madonna and a big golden lion before a blue background decorated with stars.
    The clock face with zodiac signs and a blue-golden midsection is under it.
    In normally, two gigantic bronze statues knock against the hour, however in the week about Ascension Day, appears from the side doors, angels and the manners from the East.

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    Venice's heart beats at the "San Marco" Square

    by Fam.Rauca Updated Oct 21, 2005

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    The piazza San Marco is in Venice the most visited square.
    Each Venice-traveller looks for this world-famous place that so many architectural masterpieces have.
    One can bewitch also from the charm of the piazza with its famous constructions from different epochs.
    At the east of the piazza, rises the magnificent facade of the Basilica di San Marco.
    The Palazzo Ducale is placed at the south of the piazza.
    On the other side, lies the Piazzetta dei Leoni, a small place that is dominated by the Torre dell'Orologio.
    The Procuratie Vecchie are at the northern side.
    Oh the opposite side gets along the Procuratie Nuove
    There is accommodated, today, the Museo Civico Correr.
    On three sides around the place, under the arcades, there are stylish stores and expensive historic cafes.
    The Campanile (Bell Tower), Venice’s knowing nest landmark, faces exactly the basilica.
    For a beautiful pause, there are many cafes from the place round.
    In the Florian, in the Lavena or in which Quadri can you your silence enjoys, a coffee drinks or a delightful piece of pie eats.

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    Torre Dell'Orologio

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    Admiring the views from the Loggia of the Basilica there are good views of the Square and in particular the TORRE DELL'OROLOGIO. Unfortunately this clock tower is being renovated - there's always something in scaffolding - but at least the covers give an idea of its appearance. Atop of the the Clock Tower are the MOORS: two bronze statues that owe their name to the dark patina and strike the hour with a hammer on a large central bell.
    Update 2005: Clock tower is still under wraps for restoration but the cover has now been changed for one depicting the Eiffel Tower - how absurd :-(( Not only that but a huge money change area stands just in front - ruining the appearancee of the Piazza. It really is being spoilt and its such a shame -seesecond pic for what I mean - the view from the water now is most bizzare.

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    Torre dell'Orologio

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 7, 2005

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    View of the covered up clock tower

    This richly decorated clock tower, (believe me it is even though its currently being renovated), on the north side of the piazza was built in 1496. When its not covered up (which has been for quite some time now) the clock face displays phases of the moon and the signs of the Zodiac. According to legend, once the clock was completed, the two inventors of the complex mechanism had their eyes gouged out to prevent them from ever creating a replica. Nice!

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    St. Mark's Square - an overview

    by tini58de Updated May 16, 2005

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    St. Mark's square is unbelievable! There are so many fabulous sights in such a small area - it is amazing.

    On the picture to your right you can see the long wing of the Procuratie Vecchie--originally inhabited by the Procurators of St. Mark, the highest officials of the Venetian Republic other than the Doge. The building has been rebuilt at various times in the following centuries, and its ground floor is now occupied by shops and other businesses. Its most famous tenant is the Caffè Quadri.

    The clock tower to the right is named the "Torre dell'Orologio" and has been ringing out the hours since 1499. Unfortunately it was under scaffolding, when we visited in September 2003. The archway beneath the clock opens onto the "Mercerie", a number of interconnecting shopping streets that eventually lead to the Rialto Bridge.

    In front of you is Basilica di San Marco: a grandiose and magnificent building of Byzantine domes, mosaics, and plundered treasure from the Near East and Asia.

    Look off to the right of the Basilica for a glimpse of the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace.

    The Campanile is a guard tower of more than 100 m heighth from the 8th Century that was rebuilt after a sudden collapse in 1902. You can take an elevator to the top for a great view of the city and the lagoon (absolutely recommended!!).

    Behind, in the Procuratie Nuove, is the Museo Archeologico and the state library.

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    Check out St Mark's (torre dell'orologio)

    by ZoeB Written Feb 3, 2008

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    Check out St Mark's Tower or the Torre Dell'orologio as it is also called. It has an amazing clock with an astrological face. Definately worth a photo. You can find it in the main San Marco sqaure.

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