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 ...

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