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The greatest of Venice's Gothic palazzi, Ca' d'Oro was built in 1421 for the Contarini family on the Grand Canal. Although it was officially named Palazzo Santa Sofia, it immediately became known as Ca' d'Oro (house of gold) for the gilded ornaments that once covered its fašade. It was designed by Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo, who also designed the Gothic Porta della Carta at il Palazzo Ducale. The stunning Ca' d'Oro is intricately decorated with splendid Venetian gothic arches and balconies, which contain a strong hint of Islamic architectural influence. Ca' d'Oro changed ownership numerous times, and fell into decay in the 19th century until it was purchased by Baron Giorgio Franchetti in 1894. The Baron restored the palazzo and then donated it to the State upon his death in 1922, along with his art collection. Ca' d'Oro has since been turned into a museum (la Galleria Franchetti Ca' d'Oro) with a fine collection of European Renaissance art. The exterior of Ca' d'Oro is best viewed from the vaporetto ferry along the Grand Canal.
Address: Calle Ca' d'Oro - Cannaregio
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