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Tourists enjoying the sights of Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square), the principal square of Venice, Italy.

The range of buildings on the right (South side) are known as the Procuratie Nuove.

As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and Venetian pigeons.

Campanile di San Marco (St Mark’s Campanile) is the Bell Tower of the Basilica di San Marco a Venezia (St Mark’s Basilica), 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.

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

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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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  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    Super posting Tom..
    and yes .. it is still all there..Checked on the Spot 2 weeks ago :-)

  • Hehe, thank you my friend, I hope to check on it myself in September …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 2 years ago

    Love the pov in this one and I can see why the tourists enjoy the sights… Beautiful capture, Tom

  • Thank you so much Carol …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful image of a magical place.

  • Very much appreciated Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    That’s quite a place, Tom!

  • Thank you dear Mel …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Superbly captured Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Julie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 2 years ago

    perfect angle and capture!!!!!

  • Thank you dear Lois …

    – Tom Gomez

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 06/03/2012
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  • Thank you so much Deborah …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 2 years ago

    Fantastic shot mate..Beautiful place..

  • Cheers Jase …

    – Tom Gomez

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Tom

  • Very much appreciated Roy …

    – Tom Gomez

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