St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice
Restoration of the Ambone dell’Epistola
St. Mark Basilica, Venice
Procuratorie di San Marco
The exceptional high tide that hit Venice during the month of November 2019 seriously undermined the entire pavement of the Basilica causing, among other things, a major subsiding of the ground below the ambo. As a result, the monument that was already unstable inclined further towards the transept. The ambo is made of spectacular red porphyry, a stone that according to Byzantine tradition was reserved for emperors. Second, only to the main altar, the ambo is a particularly important structure within the building that until 1797 was the ancient Doge’s Chapel. It was from this ambo that the Doge addressed the Venetians and attended services at the Basilica. Venetian Heritage, thanks to the donation of Pomellato, has supported the restoration of the Ambone dell’Epistola.