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It is believed that the four horses came from Constantinople. They were cast in almost pure copper, harder to melt but easier to gild.
After Napoleon Bonaparte declared the official end of the Venetian Republic (1797), he trades the Veneto to the Austrians for Lombardy. Before leaving the city of Venice, among other things, French looted the four horses. They were returned by the French Government only after 1815.
The fact is that Napoleon's army committed immeasurable damages all over the city and the region. So, for example, many religious buildings were totally devastated because this wild soldiery used to transformed churches into the barns.
Address: Piazza San Marco
Phone: +39 041 2708311
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