Venetian Time

The Clocks of Venice

San Marco clock tower
Venice Clock Tower in Piazza San Marco
Venetian clock
Clock for IIII numeral
This clock is in the Doge’s Palace. (The Doge was the head of the Venetian Republic.) If you look closely you’ll notice that four is written as IIII rather than IV. Apparently one of the Doge’s had a problem with math.
Six-hour clock
This six-hour clock is also in the Doge’s Palace. This is in the room for lawyers. These guys, who were the Venetian equivalent of pubic defenders, seemingly worked a six-hour day.
Zodiac clock
Zodiac clock
Venetian clock
Venetian clock
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12 Responses to Venetian Time

  1. GP Cox says:

    Most of them are quite lavish and detailed!! 🙂

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  2. The Zodiac clock is a masterpiece!

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  3. Pam Lazos says:

    Wowee, beautiful. How is Venice faring these days with the sea-level rise? I hope to see it again someday but I’m wondering if it will still be there.

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  4. Ken Dowell says:

    As of last month it was as magnificent as ever. Of course walking around looking up at clocks doesn’t give you a good read on rising sea issues.

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  5. Bumba says:

    Did you get the complete tour? Underneath this opulent municipal building are several levels of dungeons, which are fascinating to see – and complete the picture of the Venetian political system.

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  6. Bumba says:

    Sighs about the glories of history.


  7. Gorgeous photos! I love the astrological clock.


  8. Every culture has its own artistic signature. A beautiful exhibition Ken! ❤

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  9. Ellen Hawley says:

    The last one, in all its lack of grandness, reminds me of the time when I was a kid and could count on at least one storefront per block having a clock in the window, or at least visible from the window. I didn’t need a watch.


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