ITALY

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italy galleries: overview
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milano (in prep)

rome
- introduction to rome
- rome: fountains
- rome: mosaics!
- rome: hadrian's palace
- rome: villa d'este in tivoli
- rome: last leaf

venice
- introduction to venice
- venice: marcus square
- venice: basilica s.m.
- venice: canal grande
- venice: gondolas
- venice: palazzo ducale
- burano, murano, torcello
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PALAZZO DUCALE

from about 700 to 1797, the republic of venice was governed by a council, made up of members of the noble families. one member of the great council was elected as "doge" (from latin dux = leader), as the head of the city, who normally held the title until his death.
the doge and the main governmental institutions resided in a large palace building, called palazzo ducale, on the south-eastern side of the marcus square. it is a very fine piece of architecture, and over the centuries got enriched with countless sculptures and paintings.
yet the palace also included a prison. in 1614, the (in)famous "bridge of sighs" was added, a connection above a canal to a new prison in the next building. finally, of course the palazzo ducale contains several figurines of the symbolic winged lion.


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