Standing 324 feet tall the Campanile di San Marco stands proudly and distinctly above the piazza San Marco in Venice.
As impressive as it is the majority of the building is simply a plain-bricked structure, topped by an arched belfry that houses five bells. On top the belfry is another brick section decorated with walking lions in honor of St. Mark and the Goddess of Justice, representing Venice. On top of that is a pyramidal spire finished with a wooden statue gilt in gold in the form of the Angel Gabriel.
The five bells of the Campanile di San Marco each had a specific purpose. The largest rang at the beginning and end of the workday, one rang at midday, another rang to summon members to council meetings, a fourth proclaimed a session of the Senate, and the last?….it announced executions.
Shot with Nikon D-3 and a Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 zoom at 145mm. Shutter speed 1/1 sec