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St Mark’s Campanile (Campanile di San Marco in Italian) is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.

The tower is 98.6 metres (323 ft) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark’s Square, near the front of the Basilica. It has a simple form, the bulk of which is a plain brick square shaft, 12 metres (39 ft) wide on each side and 50 metres (160 ft) tall, above which is the arched belfry, housing five bells. The belfry is topped by a cube, alternate faces of which show walking lions and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel. The campanile reached its present form in 1514. As it stands today, however, the tower is a reconstruction, completed in 1912 after the collapse of 1902.

The initial 9th-century construction, initiated during the reign of Pietro Tribuno and built on Roman foundations, was used as a watch tower. Construction was finished in the twelfth century, during the reign of Domenico Morosini.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma: 18-200mm
ISO: 200

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  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyalmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot Tom

  • Thank you kindly Fino …

    – Tom Gomez

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKalmost 5 years ago


    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensalmost 5 years ago

    Superb Tom… wonderful shot XX
    Sheila

  • Thank you so much Sheila …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 5 years ago

    outstanding capture and colours Tom

  • Cheers Chris, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely work on a beautiful day Tom. It was a little damp underfoot when we were there!

  • Thank you Trish. This shot was early in the morning, when we came back this way in the afternoon, the square was very wet.

    The folowing is from Wikipedia:
    The Piazza San Marco is the lowest point in Venice, and as a result during the Acqua Alta the “high water” from storm surges from the Adriatic, or even heavy rain, it is the first to flood. Water pouring into the drains in the Piazza runs directly into the Grand Canal. This is ideal during heavy rain, but during the acqua alta it has the reverse effect, with water from the canal surging up into the Square.

    – Tom Gomez

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    A fascinating looking place, Tom…and a great photo.

  • Thank you kindly Mary-Ann …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful colourful shot Tom.

  • Thank you so much Lynne …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakalmost 5 years ago

    very colour ful guid compo mate

  • Cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Tom!

  • Thank you so much dear Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

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