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PhotoHunt: Power

The 14th century Palazzo Ducale (or Doges' Palace) was for centuries the seat of power for the Venetian empire.

Palazzo Ducale

From "Venice and Its Lagoon" by Giulio Lorenzetti:

"The Doges' Palace - the seat of government of the old Republic - was the highest expression of the glorious and powerful Serenissima in its splendour and magnificence of art. It was the Doges' residence, the main administrative building, the public Archives and the Palace of Justice; the most decisive events in the history of the thousand years old Republic, both those culminating in greatness and in misfortune, took place between its walls."

John Ruskin, author of "The Stones of Venice" and worshipper of Venetian Gothic architecture, called it "a model of all perfection" and "the central building of the world."

Palazzo Ducale


Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend.

See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on Gattina's website here.

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Comments (10)

Great shots and interesting Venetian history. Happy Weekend!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, perfect take on this week's theme and beautiful photos of the Doges' Palace. This is such an amazing building. The three times I've visited Venice, I made it a point to visit the Doges' Palace (taking two guided tours inside), because I just love the history behind it and the architecture.

Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Ewok:

incredible architecture. the facade does evoke power.

The building itself looks powerful, a perfect setting for the powers within. :)

This building is so magnificent! Would love to know more about the history within its walls.

YTSL:

Seat (and symbol) of power but also beautiful buildings! :)

Good one for this saturday..

That's a beautiful Palace, I have seen it several times when I was in Venice.

Anne:

Perfect choice for a power theme! Interesting angle in the first photo, love the light and shadow contrast too.

You can feel the power reaching out from these pictures. :D

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