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Clock tower

Local name: Torre dell'Orologio

The Renaissance clock tower Torre dell'Orologio designed by Mauro Codussi is located in Venice at St. Mark's Square. Mark. Its construction was completed in the 16th century. The clock tower is known for its mechanism that makes full-hour hammers strike two Moorish statues with a bell at the top of the tower. There is also an impressive astronomical clock, from which, apart from the hour, you can read the moon phases, seasons and the position of the sun in the zodiac spheres. In the niche on the 2nd floor above the richly decorated enamel and gilding of the clock face there is a figurine of the Mother of God with Baby Jesus. On the third floor you can see a sculpture of a winged lion personifying St. Mark the Evangelist. The emblem of Venice and the emblem of the Republic were also placed there.

Every year on the feast of the Epiphany and for a week after this ceremony, on the balcony of the clock tower at a full hour you can watch the figures of an angel with a trumpet and the Three Kings who kneel before the Madonna. There is a legend according to the creator of the clock mechanism - G. Paolo Rainieri and his son - after completing the order they were blinded so that a similar work would never be created again.


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    Piazza San Marco 30124 Venice , Italy