A clock for the
seafarers

Torre dell'Orologio / Clock Tower

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Why locals love it

On the north side of the Piazza San Marco you can find this richly decorated clock tower, that was built in the late 15th century. It has a display of the phases of the moon and the sings of the zodiac and it was designed surely thinking about seafarers.

Why you should visit it

According to a gruesome local legend, the two inventors of the mechanism in the clock had their eyes gouged out to prevent them from ever creating a replica. On the upper level, the winged lion of St. Mark stands against a star-spangled blue backdrop.

Special tip

This clock was a very important point of reference for all Venetian seafarers.

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