The Doge’s Palace

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Probably, everyone, who comes to Venice, seeks to see one of the most magnificent monuments of the city - the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale).

Doge is a title of the Venetian republic rulers elected by the people. All of them were living in the palace, the construction of which was finished at the beginning of the 15th century.

View of the coast in the Doge's Palace in the famous city of Venice
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The Architectural Style of the Doge’s Palace in Venice

Today Palazzo Ducale is a famous museum and landmark in Venice, which is visited by hundreds of people every day from morning till night. The Gothic style palace is made of the marble with an unusual pink tint. Its facade looks out on the quay, where, in the old days, docked different vessels arriving in Venice.

The doges spared no means giving a greatness to the inner and outer looks of the Palace that was a reflection of the state power. Initially it was erected as a defensive fortress; however, under the influence of the Byzantine and the Gothic styles, the palace changed its architectural appearance.

Nowadays, the Doge’s Palace is a building with a dominated Gothic look of the 14th century, expressed in the galleries made up of the windows and spacy stanzas. Such an airy architectural form in combination with a gorgeous marble facing should reflect safety and prosperity that were established throughout the whole Republic of Venice at that period.

The Palace performed several functions at once. A channel-facing side of the building was a private apartment of a doge; there were also the chambers, occupied by Senate and Collegium. The next part of the Palace is known as the Palace of Justice, which houses a Supreme Court, a Leaden Prison, and the Wells. The Leaden Prison was covered with a roof made of lead, which incandesced to high temperatures under the hot sun. One more part of the palace with a view of the bridge Ponte della Paglia was occupied by the Armory.

Architectural style of the Doge's Palace in Venice
Doge's Palace © Ivan Sgualdini / Shutterstock

Fast Facts

In 1574-1577, there was a series of huge fires because of which the interior of the rooms was greatly damaged. It was decided to invite Antonio da Ponta and Andrea Palladio to reconstruct the former magnificence of the Palace. Later, Paolo Veronese and Titian were working over the interior.

In the 17th century, the Doge’s Palace was connected with the New Prison, built from the side of the channel, by the Bridge of Sights. Between the 18th and the 19th centuries, the Republic of Venice had fallen, and the Palace was passed to the Napoleonic, and later to the Hapsburg administrations. Today the Palace is known as one of the most outstanding sights in Italy, and tourists from all corners of the world come here to see it.

The Palazzo Ducale together with Saint Mark’s Basilica and the National Library of St. Mark’s form the main architectural ensemble of the city.

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View of the Doge's Palace in Piazza San Marco
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Venice Walking Tour with Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket
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An afternoon tour to explore the Venice of the Doges through its symbolic palace and a pleasant walk.
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Venice Day Trip by Train from Rome - Private tour
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Be captivated  by the beauty of Venice, made up of 117 small islands connected to each other by 400 bridges.  Let yourself be seduced by one of the city considered among the most beautiful in the world  and, together with its lagoon, it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour
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Beat the crowds on this guided, 2-hour tour of one of Venice's most famous landmarks. Head inside Doge's Palace, an impressive Venetian Gothic-style palace that served as the residence of the Doge of Venice (chief magistrate) for centuries. Explore its many unique features, including its Gold Staircase and Chamber of the Great Council, and cross the Bridge of Sighs to the Old Prisons to learn about the men once imprisoned there — including Casanova himself. 
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From Ljubljana to Venice Small-Group Day Trip with Guide
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Experience Venice in one day without having to deal with the inconvenience of getting lost in its confusing tangle of lanes. This small-group day trip takes you from Ljubljana to Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic.' Learn about the history and culture of one of the world’s most stunningly beautiful cities; stroll over the countless bridges; linger in St Mark’s Square and discover the secrets of the city’s swamps, streets and squares. At the end of the day, hop back on the comfortable shuttle for the ride back to the pleasant Slovenian capital. It’s that easy!
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