"St. Mark's Square - an overview" Torre dell'Orologio - St. Mark's Clocktower Tip by tini58de
Torre dell'Orologio - St. Mark's Clocktower, Venice: 26 reviews and 79 photos
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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