Moors’ Clock Tower

This is one of the most original constructions of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. It is located 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.

The Moors’ Clock Tower is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in Venice, standing like a Triumphal Arch that leads into what is the main shopping street of the city, the ancient Merceria.

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 Tower with its large Astronomical Clock, a masterpiece of technology and engineering, form an essential part of the very image of Venice. For more than five hundred years, they have marked the life, the history and the perpetual passing of time within the city.

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 center (the Piazza) with the commercial and financial center (the Rialto). Today it is one of the 11 venues managed by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Address: Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venice

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