"Doges Palace, Pallazo Ducale" Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace Tip by rubbersoul75
Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace, Venice: 209 reviews and 403 photos
From here, the vast Venetian republic was ruled. The grandeur of the building seems to express the former power and prosperity the Republic. The pink and white marble that make up the exterior, and the gothic/renaissance/Venetian architecture give the Palace a demanding presence over the piazza and water. Clearly impressive to those travelers, tradesmen, or diplomats seeing this as one of their first shots of the city when arriving by boat.
This is where the Doge, ruler of Venice, lived. Much more than that, the Doges Palace is where the republics laws and decisions where made, where “the great Council” met, where prisoners were judged, and much more.
A tour of the palace will get you inside which is a museum in itself, an exercise in excessive ornamentation, with numerous works of art by Venice’s top artists. The “Secret itinerary” tour takes you through hidden passageways and into the Doges secret apartments and torture chamber. (the tours are about 14 euro)
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