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Saint Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco, in Italian)

Venice has only one square or piazza: St.Mark’s Square, a 170 meter-long trapezoid which differs from all other squares that are called “campi” (fields). 5 reasons why St. Mark’s Square is utterly unique? St Mark’s square has been the heart of the Venetian Republic. The Republic was run by merchant noble families with strict rules, electing…

The Lion and Theodore

Once the basin of San Marco was the sea port of Venice and those who came by ship could admire the impressive unique architecture of Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Venetian power, and two marble and granite columns topped by the statues of the two patron saints of Venice: the winged Lion, symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist, and “Todaro , the Byzantine St. Theodore of Amasea,…

The Bucintoro: the golden ship

On the origin of the name many pages have been spent, we report here that of Prof. Siega“Dictionary of the Veneto lexicon etymologically and curiously commented” Finegil editorial, which seems to us the most accredited; the name would derive from Buzon, Bonzonus which stood for navis; Buzon d’oro or golden ship from here became the Bucintoro….

Doge’s Palace, the Columns of Mark and Theodore and St. Mark’s Basin

Doge’s Palace The Doge’s Palace, the centre of Venetian power, residence of the Doge and home to the judiciary, this is where the governance of the city took place. Visually, it is the perfect example of Venetian gothic architecture, as Ruskin put it: the perfect fusion of East and West. What we see now is the third reconstruction of the Palace, dating…