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First built in the 9th century, it was used as a watch tower and lighthouse for the dock which was in the position where now is the Piazzetta.
Since the sixteenth century, the bell tower measures 98,6m in height, making it the tallest building in Venice.
In over a thousand years of existence, the campanile was struck by lightning several times because of its height, and it was severely damaged on 10 occasions, the last of which in 1762. Since 1772 the bell tower has a lightning conductor.read more