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The base of the  Campanile on the east side.

Sansovino's little Loggetta at the foot of the tower, which echoes the shape of a Roman triumphal arch, was rebuilt jigsaw-fashion [after the campanile fell], using bits found in the rubble. During sessions of the Grand Council, guards recruited from the Arsenale used to keep watch here. In the eighteenth century the Loggetta took on a more popular function as the place where the state lottery was drawn. 

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Created 10/30/2000
Updated 3/29/2004