Doges Palace in Venice is a superb example of Venetian Gothic architecture. He served as Senate, administrative center, courthouse, public archive and prison until 1797 when the Venetian republic fell.
First built in the ninth century, Doges Palace was rebuilt several times but since 1340, with the construction of Hall Councils, really began to take shape. Doges City Election was private and lasted 1000 years since 697 till 1789. Council Hall 76 paintings first crack.
Decoration of the palace is impressive. The 36 capitals of the lower colonnade include sculptures of animals, flowers and representations of the months of the year. Sculptures also contain scenes of Judgement of Solomon, Noah, Adam and Eve with the Archangel Gabriel, etc..
On entering the palace is a huge courtyard. Climbing the ladder giants (Scala dei Giganti), you can see statues of Neptune and Mars and then go see the box on the first floor. Here were crowned after a break up jobs that were held in the Church of San Marco. Golden Ladder (La Scala d'Oro) leads to a succession of rooms of the XVI century, among them the private rooms of the Doges.
By Maria Morari
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