Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), Venice
The Ducal Palace was built in the 9th century and was the residence of the Doge (chief magistrates) until the fall of the Venetian Republic in I797. It was a public palace and the seat of the administration of justice - the highest and richest symbol of Venetian civilization. The 15th century staircase of this pink Veronese marble palace is crowned with statues of Mars and Neptune, symbols of Venice's power. I thought the most impressive work of art was the vast meeting hall with Tintoretto's huge Paradise that fills the end wall. The ceiling is also a work of art.
You should visit the torture chamber that is open to the public and connects to the Bridge of Sighs.
Favorite thing: The palace begun about 814, destroyed four times by fire, and each time rebuilt on a more magnificent scale. It is a remarkable building in Italian Gothic with some early Renaissance elements. The northern side of the piazza is occupied by the Procuratie Vecchie (1496) and the southern side by the Procuratie Nuove (1584), both built in Italian Renaissance style. During the time of the Venetian republic these buildings were the residences of the nine procurators, or magistrates, from among whom the doge, or chief magistrate, was usually selected.
Favorite thing: There is a legend saying that when the noblemen wanted to convict someone they were sending him to pass a test that would prove his innocence or not.The test was to walk with success from one column to the next without losing the balance and stepping the ground just in front of the columns.But as you can notice in the pic, one of the last columns is built quite different than the others making that effort more than impossible sending all those poor men to prison or to death.
See the Palazzo Ducale
to the right of the Basilica stands the Palazzo(doge's Palace),once home to Venice's mayor and today the site of one of Venice's finest museums.
Rebuilt in the 14th century after a fire,the palace epitomizes the Venetian Gotic with elegant arcades and light colored stone cladding.
Take a moment to look at the Ducal Palace.
Fondest memory: Palazzo Ducale, a landmark you can't miss even before you set foot into Venice. You will also be able to see the columns of Staint Marco and Staint Todaro, the city's patron saints overlooking the St. Mark's Basin. Even though it was under restoration at the time of my visit, the palace was still beautiful.
Favorite thing: The Doges Palace is in St Marco Square right near the Grand Canal. We went for a walk through the palace rooms while we were thre...it's all very nice and definitely worth doing if you have the time...
Favorite thing: This museum contains beautiful art elements and breathtaking views! Give yourself plenty of time so that you can savor this treasure completely!
Oh, yes! You must see
PALACE OF THE DOGES & its interior! The opulent decorations & its collection of paintings are sights to marvel at!
Favorite thing: Venice provides unbelievably photo opportunities! This is a shot I took from the balcony of the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale).
Favorite thing: It was the residence of the Doge up to the fall of the Venetian Republic in I797. The exterior facade is decorated in white and pink marble, and it looks rather like a marble wedding-cake.-
Favorite thing: While touring the palace, one of the places you are shown is the Doge's Apartment. This stairway to the Doge's Apartment gives you some idea of the elegance you will see.
Favorite thing: Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace. More historic than beautiful, but worth the steep ticket price (which includes admission to the Museo Civico Correr in the Piazza San Marco.)