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Doge's Palace, Palace in Venice, Italy Top-Rated Tourist Attraction

Doge's Palace

Palace in Venice, Italy

Italy's Top-Rated Tourist Attraction

Doge's Palace, Palace in Venice, Italy Top-Rated Tourist Attraction

The Doge's Palace is a Venetian Gothic style palace and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. The palace was the residence of the Dez of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic. It was built in 1340 and expanded and modified in the following century. It became a museum in 1923 and is one of 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musee CVC di Venezia.

In 810, Doge Agnello Partizio moved the seat of government from Malamocco Island to the present-day Rialto area, when it was decided that a Palatium Duci (Latin for "ducal palace") should be built. However, no trace remains of this tenth-century building, which was partially destroyed by fire in the tenth century. The following reconstruction works were undertaken under the direction of Doge Sebastiano Gianni (1172–1178). A great reformer, he would drastically change the entire layout of St. Mark's Square. The new palace was built outside the castle, one facing the Piazzetta, the other overlooking the basin of St. Mark. Although little remains of the palace, some Byzantine-Venetian architectural features can still be seen on the ground floor, the Istrian stone wall base and some herring-bone pattern brick paving.

Political changes in the mid-13th century necessitated a rethinking of the palace structure as the number of members of the Great Council increased substantially. Construction of the new Gothic palace began around 1340, mostly focusing on the side of the building facing the lagoon. Only in 1424 did Francesco Foscari decide to extend the rebuilding works, overlooking the piazza, serving as a law-court, and opening the first-floor loggias open to the first-floor loggias running through the exterior, and flanking the wing, Completed with the construction of the Porta della Carta (1442).

In 1483, a violent fire broke out on the side of the palace overlooking the canal, which housed the Doge's apartments. Once again, an important reconstruction became necessary and was commissioned from Antonio Rizzo, who would introduce the new Renaissance language of building architecture. A completely new structure was raised alongside the canal, extending from the Ponte della Canonica to the Ponte della Paglia, the government's official rooms decorated with works commissioned from Vito Carpaccio, Giorgione, Alvis Vivarini and Giovanni Bellini.

Doge's Palace, Palace in Venice, Italy Top-Rated Tourist Attraction

Doge's Palace: External

The oldest part of the palace is the wing overlooking the lagoon, whose corners are decorated with 14th-century sculptures, believed to be by Filippo Calendario and various Lombard artists such as Matteo Raveverti and Antonio Bregno. The ground floor arcade and upper loggia are decorated with 14th and 15th century capitals, some of which were replaced with copies during the 19th century.

Courtyard, Doge's Palace

The northern side of the courtyard is closed by the connection between the palace and the Basilica of St. Mark, which was used as the Doge's Chapel. In the center of the courtyard stand two fine heads from the mid-16th century.

Museo dell'Opera, Doge's Palace

Over the centuries, the Doge's Palace has been rebuilt and restored numerous times. Because of fire, structural failure, and intrusion, and because of new organizational requirements and changes, or because of the complete overhauling of decorative trappings, there was hardly a moment when some kind of work was not going on in the building.

Doge's Palace, Palace in Venice, Italy Top-Rated Tourist Attraction

Additional information of Doge's Palace

Location: Piazza San Marco 1, 30124 Venice, Italy

Established: 1340

Coordinates: 45°26′02″N 12°20′24″ECoordinates: 45°26′02″N 12°20′24″E

Type: Art museum, Historic site

Visitors: 1.4 million (2018)

Director: Camillo Tonini

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