A cruise ship passes Venice's St. Mark's Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces 'Endangered' List

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Venetians celebrate during the Festa del Redentore in Venice. The festival began in 1576 when the Republic's Senate voted to build a church on the Giudecca Island to Christ the Redeemer to thank God for the city's deliverance from the Plague. Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images hide caption

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A visitor takes in Anri Sala's Ravel Ravel Unravel installation in the French pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A massive cruise ships towers over Venice. Some 650 cruise ships now visit the Italian city annually, and critics say they threaten the city's fragile architecture. Courtesty of the No Big Ships Committee hide caption

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In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints

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A visitor walks past an exhibit in the Encyclopedic Palace. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Il Palazzo Enciclopedico: A visitor puzzles over the multitude of choices offered by the the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. It runs from June 1 to November 24, 2013. Marco Secchi/Getty Images hide caption

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