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What happened on March 21 in Venice

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What happened on March 21 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Benedict’s Day (Benedict of Nursia) to whom a Church is dedicated in St Mark’s Sestiere.

 

- March 21, 1496: in Campo San Zanipolo the bronze equestrian monument dedicated to Bartolomeo Colleoni, a leader in the service of the Republic, is unveiled; the work is sculpted by Andrea Verrocchio and cast by Alessandro Leopardi who adds the marble base. Marin Sanudo writes: 'Chome adì 21 marzo 1496 de luni a Venexia fo discoperto el cavalo di Bhortolomio Coglion et è da saper che il maestro lo fece chiamato Alexandro de Leopardis veneto'.

 

- March 21, 1800: thanks to the intervention of a Russian-Ottoman fleet, with the consent of England and a small group of veterans of the fallen Republic of Venice, the treaty of independence of the Republic of the Seven Islands (Settinsulare or Eptaneso), consisting of the islands of Corfu, Paxò, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Santa Maura, Zakynthos and Kythira, is signed thus freeing them from the French occupation. In memory of the Serenissima the flag adopted was a Lion of St Mark’s with the Gospel and seven arrows emanating from it on a blue background.

 

- March 21, 1911: the Venetian Yacht Club is established, which in 1919, following a message from Gabriele d'Annunzio to the then Vice President of the Hon. Giovanni Giurati club, took on the name of Compagnia della Vela whose initials CdV correspond to the motto, also mentioned by the Poet, Custodi, Domine, Vigilantes. In 1990 the first model of the Moro di Venezia was launched, with which the member Raul Gardini launches the challenge for the 1992 America's Cup. Moro di Venezia is resoundingly victorious at the Louis Vuitton Cup which opens the door to the challenge with the defender San Diego America3, which ended 4-1 in favor of the Americans. It is the first time in the history of the America's Cup that an Italian sailing team has reached this prestigious milestone and it is also the first time that a challenger has won a regatta in the America's Cup final.

 

- March 21, 1945: Bowler operation. With the excuse that Venice has become the hub of a river transport network, the R.A.F. command entrusts Colonel George Westlake with the task of attacking the port of Venice. The bombs dropped by the spitfires in Marittima hit a deposit of marine mines, causing a huge explosion; a five-storey building is destroyed in Santa Marta, burying about twenty victims, extensive damage to the Tiepolo frescoes of Palazzo Labia, numerous palaces and churches, the rose window of the Church of San Pietro in Murano collapses.

 

 

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

 

Venice, 21st March 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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