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Now a museum, Palazzo Ducale was the official residence of each Venetian ruler - called the doge - since the 9th century. The present palace, made of beautiful pink Veronese marble, was completed at around 14th-early 15th centuries following strict Gothic design principles.
Now a museum, it is open to tourists seven days a week (except on Christmas and New Year's day) but museum fatigue precluded me from venturing inside. Instead, I was happy to admire this Gothic masterpiece from outside, especially the intricate Porta della Carta (picture 2) and the historic Bridge of Sighs (picture3), which was being restored, thanks to the generosity of some Italian corporates.
Another hard-to-miss building on the Grand Canal, San Marcuola was supposed to be destined for greater architectural glory during its reconstruction in the 18th century, but the planned facade was never completed, hence, the rough finishing.
Fondaco dei Turchi
One of the most distinctive buildings on the Grand Canal for its sheer size and colonnaded facade, this building used to be a warehouse for Turkish traders in the 17th-19th centuries. The Turks long gone (at least the traders, but definitely not the tourists), the building now houses Venice's Natural History Museum.
Although "diminutive" by Italian standards, this beautiful baroque creation packs a powerful presence on the Grand Canal making it an ideal venue for concerts.
This huge palazzo is famous for its Venetian-Byzantine Gothic features that characterize its facade. It is adjacent to the Ca'd'Oro vaporetto station.
Perhaps the most unique fish market in the world, the Pescheria still retains its original function - as a fish market. Quite extraordinary considering this is prime real estate in a city that thrives on tourism.
Sta Maria della Salute from the Campanile
Beautiful Baroque - that is what this church is, which was completed in 1687, more than 50 years it was began in 1630 to commemorate the city's deliverance from the great plague. And that, even if the dome is hidden behind massive scaffolding for a restoration, and even if I tried to visit the church twice without any luck. So I was content with admiring its intricate bas-reliefs and soaring arched portals of its facade from outside, and its strategic location on the mouth of the Grand Canal from the Campanile.
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This huge baroque palazzo designed by Baldasarre Longhena (same architect of Ca' Rezzonico) was completed in 1710. The intricate baroque columns contrast with those in another Longhena-designed building Ca' Rezzonico. Currently, the palazzo houses Venice's museum of modern and oriental art.
If the poet Robert Browning lived his final years until his death in 1889 in nearby Ca' Rezzonico (now a museum), Lord Byron stayed in this large 18th century palace, although I don't think he died here.
The well-preserved state of this grandiose palazzo is a happy consequence of its ownership by a major Italian company, the carmaker Fiat. Its current main function is venue to art exhibitions.
In contrast to the predominant Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architecture around it, Palazzo Grassi was designed along classical lines by Giorgio Massari in the mid-18th century - young by Venetian standards and the main reason behind its seemingly unique architecture.
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