In memory of a Venetian patriot
It was the creation of the engineer Carlo Ruffini, who built it in 1869 as a memorial to the dramatic events that had taken place in the city two decades earlier.
Venice held out for over a year until on August 24th, 1849, the city surrendered.
Manin went into exile and spent the last years of his life teaching Italian in Paris. He died in exile in 1857. Less than a decade later, in 1866, Austrian rule of Venice came to an end and la Serenissima voted to join the fledgling Kingdom of Italy.