Those pesky piere/pietre sbuse

I finally located the photos I have been searching for since February!

The more common (or at least the ones I saw most often) examples of the piere/pietre sbuse look like this:

The ones I wanted to show you are oriented like this:

And, I was so lucky to find an example of how they may have been used in the past, and certainly are utilised in the present:

My original post about these architectural features can be found here:



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10 responses to “Those pesky piere/pietre sbuse

  1. Michelle

    Isn’t there some Venetian historian who can give us a clue as to the use??? I was thinking an awning and yes it would get heavy when rain soaked.


  2. Andrew

    They look so robust don’t they Yvonne? I can see the need for strength if they are used vertically but just to hang an awning?


    • On the other hand, there’d be the wooden dowel, the awning, and then if it got wet/windy, that would get weighty. It’s so frustrating, we can conjecture until the cows come home, and never know what the others were really used for.


  3. That’s so cool and clever.


  4. Wonderful! Perhaps the horizontals supported poles for trellises or awnings below?


  5. Oh, for sure, Melissa . Even in your very own city, it’s surprising what you might see.

    How’s the weather down there? It’s lovely and cool up here, finally.


    • Melissa

      4 degrees this morning. Chilly mornings and nights but beautiful clear days. We went away for a few days to the Sunshine Coast hinterland – Maleny, Montville, etc. We had a cottage with a beautiful log fire. Even though it rained the whole time there is still something beautiful about the misty mountains and listening to the rain while sitting around the fire.


  6. Melissa

    I need to look up more!


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