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Located to the right of the St Mark’s Basilica and overlooking the lagoon, the Clock tower was once the entrance door to the Mercerie, an area for all types of trading that led up to Rialto, the banking center Serenissima.

The Tower, about thirty meters high, was built between 1496 and 1499 to a designs of Mauro Codussi and initially was only composed of the central body - the tower. In addition to the numerous adaptations that occurred over the years was the addition of the side wings and, towards the mid-18th century, some upper balustrades by the architect Giorgio Massari, giving the tower its present appearance.

Two large bronze statues were laid on the roof of the tower, known as the Moors by the Venetians due to the dark color of their skin, which reminded them of the black slaves present in the city. The two statues, melded by Ambrogio Delle Ancore, are 270 cm high and are moved by a mechanism which allows them to rotate and beat the large bronze bell placed between them with a hammer, marking the hours. 

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