Repairs to St. Mark’s Basilica Come From a Donation

In 2019, flooding undermined a historic pulpit in St. Mark’s Basilica. The Italian jewelry brand Pomellato is underwriting its restoration.

In November 2019, the highest tide in 50 years — an “acqua alta” that crested at almost six feet — submerged the city of Venice. The damage included large portions of the intricate 950-year-old mosaic floors of St. Mark’s Basilica, destabilizing parts of the foundation and undermining the Epistle Ambo, a pulpit next to the main altar.

The pulpit is slightly more than 13 feet tall, a platform surrounded by panels and supported on columns, and reached by a set of stairs. It was where the Doge, the city’s head of

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