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"Palazzo Ducale (Doges' Palace)" Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace Tip by TRimer

Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace, Venice: 222 reviews and 472 photos

  Doges' Palace
by TRimer

This magnificent palace remains almost exactly as it was 400 years ago as the residence of most of Venice's Doges.

The Palace was a symbol of venetian power and glory and was both the residence of the doges and the seat of the government. Built in the 12th century in the place of an edifice dating from 825AD, it was completely transformed in the 14th -16th centuries. The facade is in white and pink marble, the courtyard is a splendid example of Renaissance style, richly adorned with sculptures, venetian arches and its decoration of pilasters and friezes of oculi and lions' heads.

Of particular interest inside are the doges' apartments, Scala d'Oro, the vestibule Atrio Quadrato, the Elegant Four Doors Room adorned with paintings by Tintoretto, the college hall and the three armouries.

The Palazzo Ducale is open seven days a week. The museum opens to the public at 09.00 AM; from Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 the palace closes at 5.00PM, otherwise at 7.00PM. Closed Christmas day and New Year's Day. Full ticket price is 16 Euros.

Address: Piazza San Marco
Phone: +39 041 271 5911

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  • Updated Jul 1, 2005
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