Palazzo Ducale Venice, Italy

Palazzo Ducale Venice

Palazzo Ducale

It is known as Ducal Palace and is situated in Marche. Palazzo Ducale is the landmark of Italy and enlisted as a world heritage site by UNESCO. In the mid of the fifteen century renaissance style building was built for Duke Federico III da Montefeltro by Florentine Maso di Bartolomeo. In the 20th century, residence municipal archives and other government offices continued to operate in the palace.

The Palace was restored to its original form in 1985 where visitors may have a look at various antique writings and sculpture at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche. Many interesting things could be found here such as-

  • Studiolo: (3.60 x 3.35) meter study cabin positioned at the edge of the palace. In nearby rooms you will find shelves, benches, books, office desk, weapon, armor, and lattice work doors with liberal art. Other than that, you may discover the statue of Federico dressed as a scholar and paintings of famous authors of that time. By the way! Federico frequently studied Greek literature.

  • Chapel: Cristian and pagan worshipping places are built downstairs to Studiolo. Federico daily worshipped in Lararium.

  • Galleria Nazionale delle Marche: It is equipped with astonishing artwork of Renaissance. Highly creative artist masterpieces could be seen, especially Santi, Van Wassenhove, Paolo Uccello, and Timoteo Viti etc.

Saint Marks Basilica

Saint Marks Basilica was the private holy place of doge’s family constructed in 1093 and connected to Doge’s Palace. Nevertheless, after 1807, it turned into the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. Italo-Byzantine architecture was built 76.5-meter long, 62.5-meter wide chapel with five domes ornamented with gold at Piazza San Marco. Consequently, it is popular with the name of ‘Gold Church’. Since the 11th century, it was the symbol of Venetian’s wealth and power. Exterior (especially Horses of Saint Mark, The Tetrarchs and Narthex or porch) and interior (Mosaics, presbytery, and treasury) of the Basilica San Marco is magnificent; it is decorated with precious metals and stones they brought as a booty after conquering their enemies. Beside few special occasions, entry to Basilica is free with at most 10-minute walk through the jaw breaking designing of ancient times. However, in few parts entry fee is charged like St. Mark's museum.

Grand Canal

Revers S shaped canal flows from lagoon to Saint Mark Basin in Venice, Italy. 3800 meter long, 30-90 meter wide and 5 meter deep canal is a major source of water traffic in Venice. Common vehicles for canal travelling are-

  • Water taxis: Private taxis of water are expensive.

  • Waterbuses (called as vaporetti in Italian): Typically, people use waterbuses for travelling and tourists use it to view the city from the canal.

  • Gondola: the Open-Air and mind blowing view of the city from the lake makes the moments really cherishing.

The Roman Empire and the Byzantine emperor ruled the land adjacent to the lake. Whereas in the 9th century, Doge showed his interest to this place because it was safe, being accessible by ships and hence leading to escalating trade. Variety of different architects built the masterpieces of their lifetime like the Venetian-Byzantine, the Venetian Gothic, Renaissance, and the Venetian Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. Today more than 170 buildings (of the 13th to the 18th century) demonstrate the marvelous art of Republic of Venice. Moreover, visit when events like Historical Regatta (first Sunday of September) and The Feast-day of the Madonna Della Salute (21 November) are being held to make it a more memorable vacation.

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