The Doge's Palace Venice

@garymarsh6 (14610)
United Kingdom
February 23, 2017 1:45pm CST
If you are ever in Venice and you visit the Piazza San Marco you are bound to see the Doge's palace next to the Basilica San Marco. The decorative facade of the palace resembles fine sugar icing. The palace has been here in some form or other from the 700's. The palace is built right next to the Basilica and allowed the Doge to go directly into the Church from the Palace.The Doge was elected by his peers from aristocrats from Venice. His role was a figurehead of the republic but lead quite a sheltered life. As there had been some hanky panky going on with fiddles and corruption he was not allowed to open any dispatches or mail without it being witnessed first by a committee of people who's aim was to prevent the Doge being tempted to being involved with dodgy deals. One such Doge was tried and beheaded for bringing the office of the doge into disrepute and another was forced to abdicate and exiled. The Doge who was beheaded Doge was Marino Falliero and was executed for treason and condemned to damnatio memoriae meaning condemned without memory. There are paintings of the doge's around the palace and one deliberate space is vacant to shame the Doge Marino Falliero who lost his head. The palace itself is exquisite with inner courtyards and balconies and private apartments. There are also judicial chambers and a very large hall where prisoners were tried and if convicted they were sent to the jail either within the palace or next door. A covered passageway was built and named the bridge of sighs as prisoners were taken away to the prison they were able to see Venice from the bridge windows for the last time hence them sighing. The prison was very inhospitable. The lower floors were very damp even wet at times but the top cells were reserved for the upper classes which were just below the lead roof which was terribly hot in the summer months and freezing cold in the winter. The rooms are covered with ornate murals and ceiling artwork which is quite magnificent. It is well worth visiting the Doges palace but advisable to pre-buy your tickets to avoid the massive queues. The photo is of the Doges Palace taken from the Lagoon.
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@PainsOnSlate (20670)
• Canada
23 Feb 17
Thanks for that tour, it sounds fascinating and when you mentioned the murals and and art work, I knew i would love it...
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
It is a shame we can only post one photo on the main page but I will show you a photo of the massive chamber here! Your eyes would pop out of your head!
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@MALUSE (44818)
• Uzbekistan
23 Feb 17
@garymarsh6 The Venetians stole everything they could get the world over and used it for their palaces and churches.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
@MALUSE Yes naughty Venetians but what a legacy they have left behind!
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@amadeo (76245)
• United States
23 Feb 17
yep,been there a couple of times.Maybe more.I like the history of Venice the last time we were there.We got caught in a rain storm and bought the raincoat the vendor was selling Mike still has is
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
OH it must have been a good one otherwise it would have disintegrated!
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@amadeo (76245)
• United States
23 Feb 17
@garymarsh6 It was a good one and rain all day and cold
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@Kandae11 (40358)
23 Feb 17
From the 700's? That's a very, very long time.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
Many places around Europe are even older!
@Gillygirl (17607)
• Sutton, England
23 Feb 17
The Doges palace is so beautiful. The history of the Venetians is fascinating. I have a photo somewhere that I also took from the lagoon. Couldn't get admission as we were running out of time. Maybe one day I'll return.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
I love Venice Gilly and would go back at a heart beat!
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@Gillygirl (17607)
• Sutton, England
23 Feb 17
@garymarsh6 Are there parts you still haven't visited?
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
@Gillygirl Oh yes there are still places to visit. I have not visited the Jewish sector at the northern part of Venice so that will be a must next time!
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@DianneN (88396)
• United States
23 Feb 17
To me, you haven't seen Venice if you haven't seen that!
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
You are not wrong there Dianne.
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@DianneN (88396)
• United States
23 Feb 17
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@MALUSE (44818)
• Uzbekistan
23 Feb 17
Goodness gracious. Now one has to pre-book for a visit there? I'm glad I visited the sights many years ago.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
The queues for both the Palace and the Basilica are enormous. Quite horrible in fact. Thankfully we booked so just walked straight in!
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@MALUSE (44818)
• Uzbekistan
23 Feb 17
@garymarsh6 You must visit the Basilica at the end of a service. You enter from the left side through a small door. When the service is over, you just stay in, fold your hands, look pious and walk round.
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@PatZAnthony (13116)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
23 Feb 17
This really is a great place to visit. Oh, if only the world allowed free travel and everyone could go there!
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
It would be great if everyone got the chance to travel. North Corolina is a beautiful state.
@jstory07 (71438)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Feb 17
That was a beautiful picture.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
Thank you Judy!
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@celticeagle (120554)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Feb 17
That was fun. I enjoyed the history. Thanks for sharing.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
Thank you for reading!
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@Corbin5 (119893)
• United States
23 Feb 17
Imagine having a private apartment in that magnificent palace. I bet those apartments are pricey, but sure looks like a lovely place to live. Sad about the fellow who got his head chopped off and has only a vacant space among the paintings.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
It was quite a story and makes sense! It is a glorious place!
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@RasmaSandra (20414)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Feb 17
I remember reading about some of these things. It must be interesting to visit.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
It is beautiful
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@JohnRoberts (65388)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Feb 17
Fantastic. So many great structures of Venice you have shared.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
There are just a few more which I hope will be interesting!
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@moffittjc (46399)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Feb 17
What a great description of the Doge's palace! I have never been to Venice, but it is definitely a place I would love to visit! And your description made it even more tantalizing! I'm a huge history buff, and I also love art and culture, so this sounds like a place I would love to spend a great deal of time in!
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
24 Feb 17
So Jeff on your grand tour of Europe this is once place for certain to include on your trip. You would love Italy it is full of such wonderful and amazing places not hundreds of years old think more like thousands of years old!
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@moffittjc (46399)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Feb 17
@garymarsh6 Sounds like my kind no of place! I'll have to make sure to add it to my list of places to visit in Europe!
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@DeborahDiane (24335)
• Laguna Woods, California
23 Feb 17
It sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I hope I make it there one day!
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 17
I hope you do too Deborah- Diane. I know you would love it too!
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Feb 17
@garymarsh6 - One of these days ...
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@jaboUK (55198)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 17
That's the worst thing about visiting famous places - the queues. The palace sounds interesting.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 17
It is worth a visit!
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@tzwrites (4956)
• Romania
24 Feb 17
The architecture is beautiful.
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@garymarsh6 (14610)
• United Kingdom
24 Feb 17
It is very picturesque!
• Preston, England
24 Feb 17
looks a fascinating place - I would like to visit Venice one day
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@bluesa (15214)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
24 Feb 17
Another eye popper @garymarsh6 . How awful about the beheading though. If I get to Venice, I would probably be too busy to sleep, from all the places I would want to see, Gary. I would have to try to see it all! :)
@Inlemay (17159)
• South Africa
24 Feb 17
Ah ha - a quick read and visit to Venice is a treat on a Friday. How wonderfully photographic is Venice from all angles.
@just4him (129028)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Feb 17
Sounds like a wonderful visit. Great picture.