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San Trovaso guardian

Another scary face guarding the entrance to a bell tower, this one is truly creepy. He's found over the door to the campanile of the church of San Trovaso in Dorsoduro, and supposedly he keeps away any evil spirits who might try to enter the tower and cause it to collapse.

San Trovaso

This is the tower he's protecting:

San Trovaso campanile

For more grotesque faces on bell towers, see also:

Santa Maria Formosa
Santa Margherita

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Comments (8)

scary looking fellow. Water damage has helped his look

LB :

I love the many faces of Venice!

Creepy indeed.

Creepy, yes. Only the Venetians can find beauty in something so grotesque..! m

sandrac:

That is delightfully creepy -- the crooked teeth help a lot!

Scary and grotesque!

He certainly would keep me out! Great find :)

Anne:

Creepy and kind of dolorous as well, definitely not a happy looking fellow!

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