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Palazzo Santa Sofia is far better known as Ca' d'Oro (golden house) gue to the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls. It is one of the oldest palaces on Canal Grande built between 1428 and 1430 for the noble family Contarini who provided Venice with eight doges. The architect who designed and built the palace was Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo. These two architects and sculptors epitomises the Gothic style in Venice and are better known for their works on the Doges Palace.
Following the fall of the Republic in 1797 the palace changed ownership in several times. The ballet dancer Marie Taglioni, who was owner in the 19th sentury, removed the Gothic stairway from the inner courtyard and destroyed the ornate balconies overlooking the court. The last owner, Baron Giorgio Franchetti, bequeathed the palace to the state and its open now for the public as a gallery.
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