Campanile San Polo

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The campanile was built in 1362 and stands on one side of the church and is detached, like all the most ancient bell towers. Restoration of the well in 1884 was followed in 1909 by work on the spire and belfry. The brick well has twin pilaster strips with twin round arched lintels. The belfry boasts elegant three-light apertures with brick stilted arches, again with twin arched lintels, supported by Istrian stone columns with pulvin capitals. The upper section is decorated with hangind brick round arches resting in Istrian stone corbels. A nicheadorned octagonal drum surmounts the belfry, bearing the characteristic conical pine- cone spire.

The church, Architectural style – Gothic; Church type – Catholic

 The church of San Polo is a Catholic church in Venice, dedicated to the Apostle Paul. It gives its name to the San Polo sestiere of the city. The current Gothic church dates from the 15th century, but a church has stood on the site since the 9th century and the south doorway, possibly by Bartolomeo Bon, survives from this church. The detached campanile was built in 1362.

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Detail from Jacopo de’Barbari map, 1500

The mascherini, The decapitated head and the snake on the bell tower of San Polo – The story of the Count of Carmagnola.

Above the doorway of the Campanile di Campo S. Polo is depicted a story of betrayal multiple witnesses of a period of struggles and battles for the expansion of the various lords of northern Italy and the Republic of Venice.

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The decapitated head (which many ascribed or attributed to the story of Marino Faliero), but it is the head of the Count of Carmagnola. The proof is provided by a lion on the left, clutched in a death struggle with a snake, a symbol of the Visconti and also the emblem of the poor Bussone Francis, Count of Carmagnola. Suspected of having betrayed the Venetians in the war against the Duke of Milan, he was invited to the city with a trap and imprisoned. After a month in prison he was beheaded on May 5, 1432. Of course, like everyone else, between the two columns in the Piazza San Marco. The last thing he saw before he died was the clock tower, from which can been seen as a threat to those who did not behave well.



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