La Torre Bissara

La Torre Bissara (Bissara Tower) rises above Piazza dei Signori (Square of the Lords), the main square of Vicenza in the Veneto region of northeast Italy.

The tower stands 83-meters and is one of the highest structures in Vicenza. Commissioned by the Bissara Family to complement their palace, construction on the tower began in 1174. It was raised several times between the 14th and 15th centuries, but always returned based on its original 12th century design and construction.

The clock on La Torre Bissara was designed by 14th century architect and sculptor Andrea Pisano (aka, Andrea da Pontedera) that was placed in operation in 1378.

Experts claim the clock is a jewel of technical mechanics and astronomy, because, in addition to beating the clock, the mechanisms also mark the phases of the moon.

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  1. Nice perspective in your photos!
    Our antique grandfather clock used to show the phases of the moon, but that function packed up many years ago. What a jewel of a clock to still be keeping good time after all these years. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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