Thursday, November 15, 2012

AlphabeThursday - Z is for Zodiac

One of my favorite buildings in Venice was not along the canals but a clock tower we saw in Piazza San Marco, better known in English as St. Mark's Square.  It's the principal public square in Venice, and was built during the Renaissance.  Completed in 1499.  Can you believe it!  The city has done some restoration; it looks in great condition to me!     

Here are close-up of the winged lion of Venice with the Virgin and Child below it on a semi-circular gallery.  On either side of the pillars are two large blue panels showing the time.  Looks like it was 11:30 when I shot this photo.

We didn't go inside, but you can book a guided tour that will take you into the clocks innards and out to a terrace with views of the square and city rooftops.  

Here's a close up of my favorite part: the clock dial.  Isn't this just fantastic!?  A 24-hour clock!  The golden pointer has an image of the sun that moves around the circle, with the earth in the center and a moon that revolves to show its phases.  How intricate!

Been waiting for our Z post for AlphabeThursday to share this clock and zodiac with all of you!  Come visit other AlphabeThursdays on Jenny's on my tangent...  blog!


Kara said...

What a beautiful place. I have always wanted to visit there.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Beautiful photography and great post info for 'Z' ~ ( A Creative Harbor) ^_^

lissa said...

how lovely! I would like that on my wall, though I probably wouldn't be able to tell the time by it but it is wonderful.

hope you have a great day.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Very cool! We just don't great architecture like this anymore. I love the color that added to the building as well.

EG CameraGirl said...

The building is indeed in super great condition. Thanks for this informative post.

Rose said...

How beautiful and unique! I love clocks.

BeadedTail said...

How cool is that! I would never think of a zodiac clock! The lion is cool too!

Nancy said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I love how everything down to the last detail is an amazing piece of art there!

Naperville Now said...

the clock face is gorgeous -- Venice is definitely on my bucket list.

Pride In Photos said...

You win hands down the "Z" prize♥ The zodiac clock is beautiful!!!!! Venice...what a dream trip!!! Kuddos to you. Thanks so much for visiting Pridein Photos. I am your newest follower.

Jenny said...

Zis is an amazing clock!


I've never seen anything like this!

Absolutely zelicious!


I am drawing a blank on Z words today - ha!

Thank you for linking.


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