St Mark's Campanile, Venice

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#4 of 187 in Historic Sites in Venice
Observation Deck · Architectural Building
Overlooking the city's famous lagoon, St Mark's Campanile is one of the Venice's most recognizable symbols. Originally constructed as a lighthouse, this 99 m (323 ft) tall bell tower stands alone in one corner of St. Mark's Square. The tower's simple form has a fluted brick shaft topped by a belfry housing five bells. A pyramidal spire with a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel caps the tower. Constructed in the ninth century on ancient Roman foundations, the bell tower underwent a massive reconstruction after a sudden collapse in 1902. Once the site of Galileo's observatory, the tower now features an elevator for easy access to the top and views of the lagoon and distant Alps. Plan a Venice trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • So worth the cost of admission! Go in the evening! The bells are awesome! The view from the tower is so amazing!  more »
  • This is a solid almost 100m high structure right next to the basilica at San Marco piazza. Glad it is a replica dating from 1912, as the original tower collapsed due to bad maintenance and design...  more »
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  • Be careful of when the bells will go off (unfortunately I was standing right beside one when they decided to chime many times). It is just an awe inspiring place.Great view over entire Venice. Definitely must go here when you visit Venice. It is the highest possible point and you can take some awesome pictures. Also due to the height, there is a very chilling wind blowing.
  • You must get a look from every side to really see Venice. It is beautiful at sunset. Be careful of when the bells will go off (unfortunately I was standing right beside one when they decided to chime many times).Also due to the height, there is a very chilling wind blowing. This is very nice if you have been running arround the city in the hot sun all day.

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