AMICI OVER THE OCEAN
 
 
     
Welcome!
Welcome to Amici Over the Ocean forum!

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out our Terms of Service and Advices
PLEASE NOTE: Some areas are not accessible or are hidden to guests.
Please log in or register to enjoy the entire site!
Registration is quick and easy!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - CLICK HERE TO LOG IN

Venice bell-tower to get metal ring

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    AMICI OVER THE OCEAN Forum Index -> History, Culture & Lifestyle - La nostra Storia e Cultura
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
goganga
Site Admin
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Jun 2006
Posts: 3172
Location: Northern Italy

PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:02 pm    Post subject: Venice bell-tower to get metal ring Reply with quote

Cracks in foundations need attention, experts say

VENICE (ANSA) - The famous bell-tower that dominates Venice's main square is to be ringed with titanium belts to make sure it continues to dominate the scene for many years to come.

Authorities in the lagoon city stress that the measure is merely a "precaution" and that there are no immediate fears for St Mark's bell-tower, which was built a century ago, after the previous 16th-century structure collapsed.

The aesthetics of the much photographed, 99-metre 'campanile' and the surrounding area will not be affected, officials say.

This is because the rings of titanium bars are to be wrapped around the underground foundations, at depths of 1 metre and 3.5 metres.

Over the last 50 years small cracks have appeared in the foundations of the bell-tower. Experts say that, although they are growing only very slowly, it is time to take action.

"We're talking about an external support which will go round the base of the tower to consolidate it and prevent any possibility of movement," said Claudio Menichelli, an architect who advises the lagoon city's administration.

The work is expected to take around 18 months and be finished by the end of 2008.

The original St Mark's campanile, one of the symbols of Venice, was completed in 1156-73 on the site of an older tower dating back to around 900 AD.

It collapsed in July 1902 and an exact replica was built in just ten years.

Affectionately nicknamed El Paron de Casa (The Gaffer), it commands a magnificent view over the city and its lagoon.



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Copyright 1999-2006
Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!


_________________
how I long to see the sun in a sky of perfect blue,
with the sunlight on my face, but there's nothing I can do...
.I.



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Di troppe cose non so cosa farne, per me che avrei bisogno di poche immagini ma eterne. (G. Gaber)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
maria
Addicted to this place
Addicted to this place


Joined: 10 Aug 2006
Posts: 532
Location: Connecticut, USA

PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
The original St Mark's campanile, one of the symbols of Venice, was completed in 1156-73 on the site of an older tower dating back to around 900 AD.

It collapsed in July 1902 and an exact replica was built in just ten years.


The one before this lasted 725 years and this has lasted 100 years so far. Let's hope it outlasts the last one, as Venice would not be the same without it.

Maria

_________________
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
goganga
Site Admin
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Jun 2006
Posts: 3172
Location: Northern Italy

PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you Maria, Venice would not be the same without it.

_________________
how I long to see the sun in a sky of perfect blue,
with the sunlight on my face, but there's nothing I can do...
.I.



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Di troppe cose non so cosa farne, per me che avrei bisogno di poche immagini ma eterne. (G. Gaber)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    AMICI OVER THE OCEAN Forum Index -> History, Culture & Lifestyle - La nostra Storia e Cultura All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
   

Abuse - Report Abuse - TOS & Privacy.
Powered by forumup.it free forum, create your free forum! Created by Hyarbor & Qooqoa
Confirmed

Page generation time: 0.243