Italy's Campanile Commemorative Stamps

17 Sep 2018  Mon

St Mark's Campanile is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy. Located in the Piazza San Marco, it is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.

This 323 ft tall tower was started to construct during 9th Century and was used as a watch tower or lighthouse for the dock. Construction was finished in the twelfth century. Since the time the tower faced several threats. On the morning of July 14, 1902, part of the Campanile collapsed.

The reconstruction was finished on March 6, 1912, and the restored Campanile was inaugurated on April 25, 1912, the Feast Day of St. Mark. In order to celebrate the Re-erection of the Campanile in Venice, Poste Italia issued a set of two stamps.

The 5 Centesimi and 15 Centisimi stamps feature a beautiful photograph of the tower. These stamps were sold only in Veneto, and made valid only for Italy.

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