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Restoration of Venice's San Marco bell tower complete

Titanium bars used to reinforce campanile that fell in 1902

Restoration of Venice's San Marco bell tower complete

Venice, April 17 - After five years of restoration work, including the insertion of titanium bars to provide stability, Venice's iconic campanile is finally safe from collapse. The work has been finalized just before the April 25 feast day of Saint Mark, the patron saint of the city, its great cathedral and its bell tower, or campanile. Venetians and visitors alike feared that the historic tower could again collapse, as it did in July 1902, when the campanile collapsed into itself creating a roar of rubble in the piazza without, fortunately without killing anyone. It took the city 10 years to rebuild from that disaster. Thanks to modern technology, fractures and settlements in the foundation have been repaired and the campanile shored up with titanium bars to prevent sagging and cracking.

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