Flooding in Venice closes museums and Biennale

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The phenomenon of floods in Venice is recurrent throughout history. The famous “acqua alta” hit the Veneto islands once again this November, with the biggest flood in the last 53 years, with the peak of the tide reaching 1.87 meters. Due to rising sea levels, the Venice Biennale, which runs until the end of this month, has closed to the public as a precaution for any damage. Other museums, institutions, monuments and tourist attractions were hit and affected. One of the biggest concerns with this flood is the preservation of the Basilica of Saint Mark, the most important church in the city and invaluable cultural heritage – salt water damages the marble and mosaics that decorate the interior of the basilica, and according to the architect responsible for the preservation of the church, the damage can only be assessed in the medium term.

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