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What happened on April 5 in Venice

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What happened on April 5 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Vincent Ferrer’s Day.

 

- April 5, 1106: a great fire destroys eighteen neighborhoods and damages St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, followed by an earthquake that causes further damage.

 

- April 5, 1734: first draw in Venice of the Lotto game for the benefit of the "Luoghi Pii" and to support poor girls; introduced in the city since the early 1500s, lotteries (known as borse) are first run secretly, they are later contracted out and then managed by the government. The Lotto offices were located in Palazzo Donà, near the bridge of S. Maria Formosa (Ponte dell'Impresa). 50 employees worked there, divided into caseletti and computisti. In the beginning, there are 9 draws a year, over time they grew to one a month, with total proceeds of about 30,000 ducats, mostly spent on public lighting.

 

- April 5, 1797: the City’s Deputies return to Conegliano, they had arrived in Venice a few days earlier to renew the oath of loyalty to the Republic; the head of the Deputation, Count Pietro Caronelli, during the ceremony in the Doge's Palace, delivers a noble speech in the Venetian language in defense of the Serenissima against the Napoleonic invasion.

 

 

Taken from 'Almanacco di Venezia -1600 anni ab Urbe còndita' by Andrea Gersich and Edoardo Rubini

 

Venice, 5th April 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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