(as per sign)
Piazza San Marco
First built 9th cent.,
Rebuilt in the 12th, 14th and 15th cent.
Work on the façade as it looks today began in 1424 and was based on the style and decorative motifs of the older waterfront façade. At the far end, on the left as you look at the façade, is the monumental Gothic Porta della Carta (Paper Gateway), the work of Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon (1438-1442). For eight hundred years the Doge’s Palace was not only the residence of the doge but also the seat of government, and it reflects all aspects of the city’s cultural, artistic, military, political and economic history. The public entrance is now by the Porta del Frumento (Grain Gateway) in the waterfront façade; admission is included in the “Museums of St. Mark’s Square” ticket.