THE BELL TOWER
"El paron de casa"
(the lord of the house): so Venetians called the bell
tower of St.Mark. On July 14, 1902 it collapsed, luckily without causing any
even a pigeon was hurt. It didn't do any damage to the Basilica either even though it stands just a few feet
from its entrance.
Inside the bell tower there are 5 large cast iron bells. Each bell has a name and a purpose; Marangona rang mornings and evenings at the beginning and end of the work day, Maleficio rang for capital executions, Nona rang at the 9th hour, Trottiera called magistrates to meetings in the Palazzo Ducale, and the bell of Pregadi called senators to the Palace.