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The clock tower or Venice at the time of the Moors

by Robert R. KEBBI
The clock tower or Venice at the time of the Moors

The clock tower or Venice at the time of the Moors

Jarres d’étoiles

Des étoffes de soie et des nappes de lin
De la vaisselle en or et des cristaux de lune
Scintillant des splendeurs d’une grande fortune
Ensorcellent le soir aux griffes de félin.
Un prince maquillé comme un fier jobelin
Descend à pas tendus sous une cape brune
Un escalier brumeux qui mène à la lagune
Cachant sous son silence un démon gibelin.
Le clocher de Saint Marc sonne la onzième heure
Que des rires lointains dans une autre demeure
Couvrent de leur jeunesse ignorant la rancœur.
Quand la gondole glisse le long d’un quai hostile
Une main de velours saisit d’un geste habile
Une dague de bronze et frappe dans le cœur.

Francis Etienne Sicard, Lettres de soie rouge, 2011

About the clock tower :

The Clock Tower is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in Venice, standing over an arch that leads into what is the main shopping street of the city, the old Merceria. It marks both a juncture and a division between the various architectural components of St. Mark’s Square, which was not only the seat of political and religious power but also a public space and an area of economic activity, a zone that looked out towards the sea and also played a functional role as a hub for the entire layout of the city. In short, the clock Tower and its large Astronomical Clock, a masterpiece of technology and engineering, form an essential part of the very image of Venice. For more than 500 years, they have measured out the flow of life and history within the city.

Building and history

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