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The Clock Tower in Venice is an early Renaissance building on the north side of the Piazza San Marco, at the entrance to the Merceria. It comprises a tower, which contains the clock, and lower buildings on each side. It adjoins the eastern end of the Procuratie Vecchie. Both the tower and the clock date from the last decade of the 15th century, though the mechanism of the clock has subsequently been much altered. It was placed where the clock would be visible from the waters of the lagoon and give notice to everyone of the wealth and glory of Venice. The lower two floors of the tower make a monumental archway into the main street of the city, the Merceria, which linked the political and religious centre (the Piazza) with the commercial and financial centre (the Rialto). Today it is one of the 11 venues managed by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
The view from the top of the tower is spectacular, and worth the wait in line. To avoid the long line consider getting a voucher to skip the line. There is only one elevator available to take visitors to the top, so you can imagine how quickly the que moves.
This beautiful old tower overlooks St. Mark's Square. Pro tip: If you want to tour the tower, book ahead of time. I went in-person only to find out they only do pre-arranged tours.
In 1493 the Senate commissioned a new clock to replace the clock of St Alipio as it was in very bad repair. They later decided to erect a tower to hold the clock where Merceria, one of the main streets in the city, joins St. Mark's Square. It's inauguration took place in 1499.
Nice looking clock tower at the St. Mark's square. The stone figures on the top holding the hammers move at the clock ticking hour and is indeed a spectacle to see atleast once. Right beside the cathedral, it draws all attention at the clock bell bongs.
Very crowded, I would definitely recommend going early in the morning or late at night. It is nice to look at, but not much time needs to be set aside for the square.
Heavily crowded but must visit place in Venice where most things happen
Beautiful clock tower on St. Marks plaza
As a Prague patriot, I can't give more than 4 stars although it probably deserves it.
Not the oldest structure in the neighborhood, but maybe the most captivating. Something about historical clocks that always gets my attention, and this one is beautiful.
Beautiful building and very interesting clock.
Beautiful, very impressive. Couldn't get in. Should have booked well in advance.
Very cool to see. I had the luck of seeing it for my zodiac Symbol and again during Carneval 2018
I have an amazing video to post somewhere soon. We happened to be there just before the hour and I jumped out of my skirt when bell began to ring ... I was almost under it!! One word... or 2: Loud & Massive!! My ears where ringing long afterwards but it was an experience and fun watching everyone expressions.... The views were spectacular and I receive some of my favorite photos from up here of all of Venice!!