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"Palazzo Ducale" Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace Tip by MM212

Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace, Venice: 223 reviews and 477 photos

  Palazzo Ducale, the Gothic façade - Apr 09
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  • Palazzo Ducale, the Gothic façade - Apr 09 - Venice
      Palazzo Ducale, the Gothic façade - Apr 09
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  • Façade Details - Nov 05 - Venice
      Façade Details - Nov 05
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  • il Palazzo Ducale - Nov 05 - Venice
      il Palazzo Ducale - Nov 05
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  • Canal façade - Nov 05 - Venice
      Canal façade - Nov 05
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  • The Doge's Palace by night - Nov 05 - Venice
      The Doge's Palace by night - Nov 05
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The seat of the government and the Doge's residence during the history of the Republic of Venice, il Palazzo Ducale is a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture. The existing structure was begun in the 12th century, built as a replacement to a 9th century castle that was destroyed in a fire, but it took centuries of expansions and renovations to achieve this unique style that is definitively Venetian, yet somehow, with its geometric patterns, echoes Oriental/Islamic influences. The façade, made from pink marble and white Istrian stone, resting on the length of the gotico fiorito veranda and arcaded portico, seems almost upside down. Over the years, each of Venice's most talented artist and architects has worked on decorating or enlarging the palazzo, which was intended both to impress and intimidate visitors. Nowadays, the Doge's Palace is open as a museum, which not only boasts some of the world's most impressive ceiling and wall paintings, but also takes the visitor across the Bridge of Sighs and into the ruthless underworld of Venetian prisons.

For more photos of this architectural fantasy, check out the travelogue: "il Palazzo Ducale.

Address: Piazza San Marco - SAN MARCO
Phone: +39 041 271 5911

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2009
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