Friday, July 31, 2009

Venice #3

Piazza San Marco / St Mark's Square ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is the principal square of Venice ...

Campanile di San Marco / St Mark's Campanile ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The tower is 98.6 m. tall, and stands alone in a corner
of St Mark's Square, near the front of the basilica ...


... As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice,
Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists,
photographers and Venetian pigeons ...

source: en.wikipedia.org

the Procuratie Vecchie... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is the oldest of the buildings ...

La Torre dell'Orologio / St Mark's Clock ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... In 1493, the Venetian Republic commissioned
Giaovan Paulo Rainieri to make a clock movement...


... These Horses of Saint Mark ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... are a replica of the 'Triumphal Quadriga'captured in
Constantinople in 1204 and carried to Venice as a trophy ...
... Since the 1980s, the originals have been on display
just inside the basilica...


the 'Basilica di San Marco' / Saint Mark's Basilica ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture ...

... close-up of the winged Lion of St. Mark Column,
Piazzetta
...

... Ponte dei Sospiri / The Bridge of Sighs ...

... as it is now ...

... as it was then ...
source: a romantic postcard

Ponte dei Sospiri /
The Bridge of Sighs ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... It was designed by Antoni Contino and built in 1602 ...
... connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in
the Doge's Palace ...

... A local legend says that lovers will be assured eternal love
if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge ...

Bridge of Sighs ... (EN-DE-FR)
by en.structurae.de
Completed in 1600 - span: 11 m

... the Palazzo Ducale/Doge's Palace
with Bridge of Sighs to the right ...

... detail of the Palazzo Ducale/Doge's Palace ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The use of arcading in the lower stories produces an interesting
"gravity-defying" effect. There is also effective use of colour contrasts ...

... San Giorgio Maggiore from the main island ...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Venice #4

... taking vaporetto line 2, the aim,
the top of San Giorgio Maggiore campanile
to savour the incredible views of Venice
(Michelin ***) ...


The Venice Biennale
53rd International Art Exhibition
Jan Fabre
Arsenale Novissimo, Venice
From the Feet to the Brain ... (EN)
by janfabre.be
official site of the artist

... State Road n° 11 ...
Il Ponte della Libertà / the Freedom Bridge ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The bridge is the final end of the old public road 11 ...

Ponte della Libertà ... (EN-DE-FR)
by en.structurae.de
Built: 1931-1933 /length: 3 850 m.


... Idyllic view on the industrial area known as
Porto Marghera or Venezia Porto Marghera ...


... Zattere al Ponte Lungo ...

... Zattere Ponte Gesuati ...
The church of i Gesuati, ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org ...
also called Santa Maria del Rosario,

is an 18th century church
...

... The Zattere was built in 1519 and first used as a landing dock
for the delivery of timber used to construct ships and buildings,
which gave the quay the name Zattere, Italian for raft.

The timber gone, the Zattere today is a spacious promenade
that runs along the entire southern shore of Venice’s
Dorsoduro District,
from the Marittima and San Basilio
all the way to the Punta della Dogana.

It is a relatively peaceful promenade, and makes for a nice
break away from the many crowded areas in the city.

source: aviewoncities.com

... Port of San Giorgio Maggiore ...
... We
finally arrived at San Giorgio Maggiore,
fully 15 minutes after closing time of the campanile ...

San Giorgio Maggiore ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Facing the Bacino di San Marco, the church plays a central role
in the panorama from the Piazetta ...


... to savour the incredible view of St Mark's Square ...

... and the 'watercolour' view of St Mark's Square
from St Giorgio Maggiore ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Venice #5

... another tour on the 'Canal Grande',
approaching the St Mark's Square ...

... a dramatic view on the Punta della Dogana
and the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute ...

Charles Ray's “Boy With Frog (pic) ...
by multimedia.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore
... was unveiled on 5 June 2009 to commemorate
the opening of the
Dogana on the Grand Canal ...

Charles Ray ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... He is known for his strange and enigmatic sculptures
that draw the viewer’s perceptual judgments into question
in jarring and unexpected ways...

by palazzograssi.it
Artists from the François Pinault Collection
Punta della Dogana -the former customs house positioned on
the tip of the Grand Canal- is an icon of the Venetian cityscape.
After more than three decades of being closed to the public, the
François Pinault Foundation commissioned the Japanese architect
Tadao Ando to renovate the building and convert it
into a center for contemporary art.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Starting in the Summer of 1629, a wave of the plague assaulted Venice,
and over the next two years killed nearly a third of the population.
The architect Baldassare Longhena was selected to design
the new church.
It was finally completed in 1681

(right) Palazzo Bararigo ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... It was originally built in the 16th century.
Today it is one of the more opulent palazzi on the canal,
distinguished by its mosaics of Murano glass applied in 1886...


Palazzo Giustinian ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... It is among the best examples of the late Venetian Gothic ...

... the 'Canal Grande' at dusk ...

Gondola ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... It is estimated that there were several thousand gondolas
during the 18th century. There are several hundred today,
most of which are for hire by tourists,

while a few are in private ownership and use...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Venice #6

... shops on the 'Lista di Spagna',
one of the most liveliest streets in Venice ...

Venetian glass ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... It is world-renowned for being colorful,
elaborate, and skilfully made
...

the Carnevale di Venezia / Carnival of Venice ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... was first recorded in 1268 ....


... the Ponte delle Guglie ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Originally a wooden structure, it was replaced
by the current stone and brick bridge in 1580 ...

Ponte delle Guglie ... (EN-DE-FR)
by en.structurae.de
completed in 1823
Structural type: arch bridge


Gheto Vechio / Old Ghetto ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews
were compelled to live under the Venetian Republic...


Venice Simchat Torah - Michal Meron
by studiomichalmeron.com

About
Michal Meron ... (EN)
Offical site of the artist

... near the Synagogue ...

... Stazione di Venizia Santa Lucia - railway station ... (IT)
by it.wikipedia.org
... is the only railway station on the island of Venice ...

... Preganziol Station by night ...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Porto Portese ...

... Lake Garda by night (view from the hotel balcony) ...

... Salò by night ...

... hotel swimmingpool by night ...

... next morning , Porto Portese
(view from the balcony) ...


... breakfast by the Lake (view on Salò) ...

... 'Villa Maria' (near the hotel) ...

Lake Garda ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Glaciers formed this alpine region
at the end of the last ice age ...

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