Saturday, October 26, 2013

Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel, St Mark's Campanile, St Mark's Square, Venice
Archangel Gabriel (copy of the original by Luigi Zandomeneghi, 1822)
Campanile di San Marco (St Mark's Campanile)
Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square)
Venice, September 2013

“In the following centuries numerous other interventions were made to repair the damage caused by fires. In 1653, Baldassarre Longhena took up the restorations. More work was done after a fire on April 13, 1745, which caused some of the masonry to crack, and killed several people as a result of falling stonework. Finally, in 1776, the campanile was equipped with a lightning rod. In 1820, the statue of the angel was replaced with a new one by Luigi Zandomeneghi.”
(St Mark's Campanile, Wikipedia)

2 comments:

Dina said...

A lightning rod stuck in an angel's head! That is the strangest thing I've seen in a long time!

cieldequimper said...

Oh but it's beautiful!