The Great War and the Bombing of Venice

Plaque in the Piazza San Marco, Venice, marking the spot where an Austrian bomb fell in 1916.
Embedded into the pavement, a few paces in front of the Basilica San Marco, there is a small, marble plaque, which marks the spot where an Austrian bomb fell during the course of the Great War.

One shudders to think what might have happened, had the bomb fell a few metres further to the east! 

A handful of other Venetian churches were not so fortunate.

From May 24th 1915 until October 28th 1918, 1,039 bombs were dropped on Venice causing 52 deaths, as well as serious damage to housing and heritage.