Barriers to protect the Basilica di San Marco from acqua alta pass first tests

The glass plates were subjected to a hydraulic test that simulated a rising tide and successfully contained the water. The barriers are scheduled to be installed in October. By Eugenio Pendolini 23 July 2022 VENICE. They will be an average of five meters wide, according to where they are placed. Once embedded in the soil … More Barriers to protect the Basilica di San Marco from acqua alta pass first tests

Construction of the Barrier for the Basilica di San Marco at a Standstill

The companies are still waiting, leaving the desolate image of the suffering Basilica, stuck with the work stopped and the pavement ripped up, showing the fragility of a site that is a heritage of the whole world. The issue of payment to restart the work has not yet been settled. By Eugenio Pendolini 12 January, … More Construction of the Barrier for the Basilica di San Marco at a Standstill

Skulls under the Basilica di San Marco – parliamentary inquiry filed on treatment of bones “like bricks”

An inquiry has been filed by Orietta Vanin (M5S) with two Ministries after the discovery of bones during the work to defend the basilica from the tides – the inquiry questions the treatment of the finds and the methods of work By Vera Mantengoli 17 December 2021 VENEZIA. How do you handle skulls that pop … More Skulls under the Basilica di San Marco – parliamentary inquiry filed on treatment of bones “like bricks”

Work to protect the Basilica di San Marco is stopped again. Contractors: “They have never paid us”

Further delays in the “urgent” interventions to protect the Basilica. The contractual advance of 700 thousand Euro has never been paid, and the contractors have announced a halt to the work By Alberto Vitucci 25 November 2021 VENEZIA. The Superintendent’s office is not paying. And this time the work is really stopping. With an email … More Work to protect the Basilica di San Marco is stopped again. Contractors: “They have never paid us”

Phase one of San Marco flood barrier underway: soil and archaeological analysis come first

The paving stones (masegni) will be removed in order to inspect the underlying soil in front of the Basilica. Work is projected to last four months, with delays by acqua alte an unknown. The first work site has opened. By Alberto Vitucci 25 August 2021 VENEZIA. The barriers have been installed and work sites are … More Phase one of San Marco flood barrier underway: soil and archaeological analysis come first

Photos of a scandal: the Basilica of San Marco is under water physically and financially

Columns corroded by salt, a project halted for four years while the salt corrodes the mosaics and eats away the walls of one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Meanwhile the Basilica’s finances are in equally serious condition. By Vera Mantengoli and Enrico Tantucci 11 August 2021 [Ed. Note: I know this blog … More Photos of a scandal: the Basilica of San Marco is under water physically and financially

“A dramatic situation at San Marco” – Procurator Tesserin decries new flooding in Basilica

More damage to the Basilica and its mosaics without local defenses. Baretta: “the forecasts were wrong”. Environmentalists denounce the situation. By Alberto Vitucci 9 December 2020 VENEZIA “It’s a terrible situation. We are under water in a dramatic manner, and the damages are serious”. The shock of the exceptional acqua alta, without MoSE and without … More “A dramatic situation at San Marco” – Procurator Tesserin decries new flooding in Basilica

Basilica di San Marco, plain glass barriers against acqua alta approved

“The glass is a temporary project”. Work to begin within 30 days. By Alberto Vitucci 23 October 2020 VENEZIA The projects to defend San Marco are restarting. After months of stop and controversy, finally a decision: the “Boeri variation”, which Commissioner Spitz supported, will be withdrawn. Work will restart with the design already approved by … More Basilica di San Marco, plain glass barriers against acqua alta approved

MoSE will not save San Marco: “The Basilica has never been in danger like now”

The head Procurator of San Marco, Carlo Alberto Tesserin speaks: “We cannot pretend that the problems are solved by the dams” [Ed. Note: Yesterday the tide rose high enough (over 130 cm) again to activate MoSE – and once again, it worked, and the city stayed dry. For the Basilica of San Marco however, which … More MoSE will not save San Marco: “The Basilica has never been in danger like now”

Protective plates for the Basilica in Venice. Superintendent gives the OK

The project is now awaiting the go ahead from the Cultural Heritage Committee. But there is an alternative plan to isolate the entire plaza from the tides. By Alberto Vitucci March 10, 2020 VENICE. A project to protect the Basilica is on the Minister of Cultural Heritage’s desk. The Superintendent has given a favorable opinion … More Protective plates for the Basilica in Venice. Superintendent gives the OK