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