Loggetta del Sansovino, Venice

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The Loggetta is a small, richly decorated building at the base of the bell tower in Saint Mark's Square, Venice, Italy. Built by Jacopo Sansovino between 1538 and 1546, it served at various times as a gathering place for nobles and for meetings of the procurators of Saint Mark, the Venetian officials responsible principally for the administration of the treasury of Saint Mark's Basilica and for the public buildings around Saint Mark's Square.

Because of its location directly in front of the Porta della Carta, the most important entry to the Doge's Palace, the loggetta was also used from 1569 onward as a sentry post to provide security for the assembled nobles during the meetings of the Great Council: three procurators were to be present, assisted by an armed squadron of Arsenalotti, the workers from the government shipyards, in order to counter any popular assault and respond to any fire. Beginning in 1734, it was additionally the site for the extraction of winning tickets in the public lottery.
The loggetta was largely destroyed in the collapse of the bell tower in 1902, but it was rebuilt using what original material could be salvaged, amounting to about half of the present building. At the same time the sides, which had originally been left in plain brick as other lean-to structures backed onto them, were rebuilt in the style of the main facade. Today, the building is the entrance to the elevator for the tower.
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  • Designed by Jacopo Sansovino this small building is the campaniles porch. It has served as a meeting place, Venetian offices, and a guard post and currently as the ticket office and entry to the...  more »
  • This is at the base of the Campanile, the tall tower with amazing views of Venice. Worth checking out while visiting the Campanile  more »
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  • Designed by Jacopo Sansovino, between 1537 and 1549, it has a front with three arches and interposed columns. In the 4 niches there are bronze statues. The loggetta is located at the base of the bell tower of San Marco where in addition to the entrance it constitutes an elegant ornament.
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