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

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

  Palazzo Ducale
by myriam_c

The Palazzo Ducale is a mixture of Byzantine, gothic and renaissance architecture. The palace used to be the residence of 120 dukes (doges) who governed Venice from 1100 years (from 697 till 1797). The original building from the 9th century was a fortress-like building whereas now one can admire an elegant gothic palazzo. Various artists have helped to make this a beautiful palace: Titiano, Tintoretto, Bellini ... as well as renowned architects as Antonio Rizzo and Pietro Lombardo.

When you're on Piazza San Marco the first sight from the Palazzo Ducale is the long colonnade with beautifully decorated capitals, a loggia and a wall of pink and off-white natural stones.

Inside the palazzo the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, decorated with paintings of Venetian triumphs and portraits of 76 doges. Furthermore the Sala del Senato, the Sala dello Scudo, the richly decorated doges rooms, the prisons and the Ponte dei Sospiri, the famous bridge that leads from the palace to the prisons.

Address: Piazza San Marco
Directions: You can't miss !
Phone: +39 041 271 5911

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2003
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