Glass plates to shield St Mark’s in Venice from acqua alta

The 'aqua alta' in San Marco Square, Venice, Italy on the 23 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ANGELO CARCONI

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Glass plates have been proposed to protect the facade of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice from ‘acqua alta’ (high water) flood tides.

The basilica was damaged in a 187-cm acqua alta in November which devastated the lagoon city and killed one person.

St Mark authorities have now proposed 1.2 metre high glass shields to surround the facade of the storied building.

The proposal needs the approval of the city’s heritage superintendency and its public works authority.
 

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