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28 May

Columns of San Marco and San Todaro, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Column of San Marco Piazza San Marco Venice Italy Detail

Column of San Marco Piazza San Marco Venice Italy

Column of San Todaro Piazza San Marco Venice Ital

There are two magnificent granite columns when you walk from Piazza San Marco to the water. Topping the columns are the patron saints of Venice - San Todaro (with the spear) and San Marco (the winged lion).

21 May

Piazza San Marco, Procuratie Nuove, Venice, Italy

Piazza San Marco Procuratie Nuove Venice Italy

Piazza San Marco Procuratie Nuove Venice Italy Sign

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Piazza San Marco

Procuratie Nuove

1582-1640

Designed in 1582 by Vincenzo Scamozzi to complete the vast re-organization of the Square which had begun under Sansovino in the middle of the century, this building was ultimately finished by Baldassarre Longhena in around 1640. Intended to house the apartments and offices of the city’s main administrative bodies, it would – after the fall of the Republic – become incorporated within the royal palace which during the course of the nineteenth century served Napoleonic, Habsburg and Savoyard rulers. Since 1922 it has been home to the Correr Museum and the National Archaeological Museum, visits to both of which are included in the “Museums of St. Mark’s Square” ticket.

14 May

Piazza San Marco, Procuratie Vecchie, Venice, Italy

Procuratie Vecchie Venice Italy

Piazza San Marco Procuratie Vecchie Venice Italy Sign

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Piazza San Marco

Procuratie Vecchie

1500-1532

The original twelfth-century building of only one storey housed the Procuratori di San Marco, high-ranking state officials. Over the period 1500-1532 the structure was entirely rebuilt, with the scheme involving some of the most important architects active in Venice at the time: Mauro Codussi, Antonio Scarpagnino, Bartolomeo Bon the Younger, Guglielmo de’ Grigi and Jacopo Sansovino. Today the building houses offices.

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