The Souls of Venice

Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.


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In a large channel is reflected Palazzo Stern of red brick and stone from the peninsula of Istria, formerly owned by the Republic, and now - Croatia.
Building with elements of neo-Gothic and neo-Byzantine style to everyone's surprise, was built in the 20 th century, but the skill of the architect Giuseppe Berti, once occupied the post of President of the Academy of Fine Arts has turned the palazzo the 15 th century in a beautiful house for the Swiss collector, Madame Stern.
Madame Stern ardently collected artifacts of early Christian and Byzantine periods, and that got in there now in hotel.
Here are fed breakfast, after breakfast time, and sympathetic to the fact that the young lady prefer wooden cab, specifying "and if the sides are painted in blue - to go?"
Hotel Palazzo Stern
Dorsoduro 2792-2794/A-2792/B
Venice, Veneto, 30123


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Zhebiton on November 30, 2010

Burano is a small island near Venice. Get to it easily. To do this, take the vaporetto, which departs from the pier Fundamento Nuovo in the north of Venice.
Way between the islands is about 35 minutes.
The first time you come to the island on a clear day you experience the color shock. From all sides as shots, BACH, BACH, multi-colored spots. Crimson, yellow, blue, purple, red houses. And each home is different farm implements matched in color to their homes. Whisk, pots, and sometimes even boats.
Local tradition - hang the doors of houses. And more often striped fabrics. And do the following reason: once the door is a living, no Hall. Often leave the door open to ventilate. And if there is a curious tourist to peep through the open door, all can see.
Bright and colorful facades not only houses, but the yards.
People living on the island, earning tourist tat and fish. According to legend, fishermen painted their houses bright colors, so far away to see their homes. However, I heard a different story. That the houses are painted in different colors to drunken fisherman, when he returned to his home accidentally mixed up the house and not come to a pretty neighbor.
Island of Burano
Venetian Lagoon
Venice, Northern Italy

Along the Grand Canal stretch the richest houses in Venice.

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Channel has the shape of inverted capital letter S and goes from the station across town to the famous Piazza San Marco. The length of the channel with all its windings - about 4 km. Width from 30 to 70 meters, is the wide channel of the city.
Along the Grand Canal stretch the richest houses in Venice. Live on the banks of the Grand Canal was considered (and is) a very prestigious list of famous aristocrats, writers, artists, millionaires, who lived in these houses in the hundreds. These houses are resold from time to time, pass from hand to hand, many of them turned into luxury hotels and art galleries.
The church of San Jeremiah with his tower. Churches in the city are countless. Some of them have long since ceased to function. Some churches are inclined tower and risk of falling in one day. Houses stand on the grounds, built by hundreds of years ago, the foundation reinforced with vertical logs, for centuries the whole design has gradually led to the slope of the towers. In general, especially along the shallow side channels, sometimes there are such houses, it seems - just a finger poke, that all fell apart.
The closer to San Marco, the more prestigious are palaces along the Canal. Here we are still far enough away from the railway station. The city is divided into several neighborhoods. Beach to the left - Santa Croce quarter, the bank right - Kanaredzhio in depth which was the world's first Jewish ghetto. In fact, the word "ghetto" of Venetian origin, it meant something like "casting factory, which was there at the future site of the ghetto.
Ca d'Oro, once considered the most elegant palace along the Grand Canal with its gilded facade. In the mid-19 century, Prince Troubetzkoy made a gift to the lady of his heart, a famous ballerina Talion, in the form of this house. In the 20-century palace was purchased, brought up to decent condition and now there is an art gallery Franchetti.
Here, the channel makes one of its sharp turns. It is the economic center of Venice. At that time, as the right continues, one after another go palazzo various respectable citizens, left here were urban markets. More precisely, we are still.
That's Rialto Bridge. One of the symbols of Venice, depicted in paintings and sung in verse, is one of the few bridges across the canal chetyrehkilometrovy that exist today. By the time he was, of course, the first of them. Wooden bridge existed here since 12 century, later it was rebuilt. Today the bridge is somewhere fifth. Just a 4-kilometer canal are now only three bridges. The fourth is whether the construction, or already built near the parking lot at the beginning of the channel, so that it does not count.
Continue to move to San Marko. Promenade of San Polo, another city block. Building, "the German institute" in the 16 th century palazzo.
Dorsoduro quarter, here are building the Venetian university. In one of these buildings lived Wagner. However, if you name all the famous people who lived in Venice where, you get insanely long list.
From the balcony of one house, Napoleon watched thrown in his honor regatta. Napoleon just do not do too well the cost to Venice. The city he captured, the Doge (as they called the rulers of Venice for hundreds of years) dismissed, jewels taken out, the four bronze horses from the cathedral, too, somewhere stole, in general, a bad man. Then, as the owner of the palace, watching its construction, from cold drafts and died. That is so sad karma in this house.

Another symbol of Venice: the huge church of Santa Maria della Salute. The church was built in 17 century, in gratitude for ending the epidemic (as if she would so not over ... the iron logic, after all - not so in thanks for never started an epidemic to build). City on the water, the ships came from different countries and brought with them all sorts of diseases - Venice repeatedly been outbreaks of epidemics, the victim of one of them was the artist Titian.
The Grand Canal
Through the Central Districts
Venice, Italy

San Marco

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At San Marco, there are three architectural and historical era Venice. The eldest, Byzantine, presented the cathedral, gave its name to the area. In fact Italian, coinciding with the peak of the Renaissance as well as with the heyday of the Venetian Republic, embodied in the Doge's Palace and Bell Tower. A right-grandiose, beautiful sameness of its frame the main part of the area is reminiscent of the time of the Austrian possession of these places.

Doge's Palace - this is, in short, palazzo. He wants to meet, priodevshis into something colorful, medieval, brocade and velvet. Appearance of the palace does not contain absolutely nothing authoritatively-surly - just flush the wealth and luxury are so natural and frank, even devoid of sediment wrong. Therefore, it seems strange that in this bright and joyful structure in large numbers going all that inevitably accompanies the big money and big government: intrigue, murderous conspiracy, betrayal ... Solid building rests on a tracery lancet arched gallery, why not press on his vision of the weight . Very nice balconies in the middle of the facades.

Piazzetta, a small area, the pier - the place where the sea begins, that is felt by the constant swell in the lagoon and the winds long journey, walk freely on the embankment. Here it becomes clear that Venice necessarily imply space, even inside the stone anguish is immense foreboding, does not fit in itself, as evidenced by high gates in a couple of elbows to the outer doors of the building - these gates prevent the sea to enter the home during the regular tidal flood.

The old, painted in a diagonal stripe poles sticking out of the water, serve as a shelter for shrouded gondolas that scoured on a leash. In gondolas black lacquered and gilded carved side cockpit jewelry, musical bent stem, which crossed the parallel bars, still more binding them to stave.
St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Venice, Italy, 30124

Basilica di San Marco

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Admission in the Cathedral from the atrium-atrium with mozaikami11-12vv. the Old Testament. The oldest on the dome of Creation (image creation on weekdays). In front of a mosaic of the Arc of Paradise "by Tintoretto cardboard (14v.) - scenes of Hell and Paradise and the image of the cross, as if to bring us into the iconography of the temple, dedicated to the New Testament. All stolen from Constantinople in the Crusades.

Directly above the entrance door depicts the Virgin and Child with Saints John and St. Mark, Evangelist (whose head is in the altar section, under the altar), to whom is dedicated to this temple.

Inside all the amazing scale. The walls, the dome, nearly all covered with golden smalt, and the light comes from two small windows on top and muted, all softly flickers and a full sense of unreality.

The uniqueness of the cathedral that his magnificence, indeed, made hand of the master of Constantinople, especially for the guests B11 cc. rich Venetians. And already then, local craftsmen imitated equipment laying glazes and built, decorated the cathedral until the 16 th century. In the temple reigns east, Byzantine environment. The basilica is built in the form of a Greek cross, the sanctuary is raised above the floor 12. (Floor uneven, which gives the feeling of real immersion in the story) and is separated from the nave of the main iconostasis. Inside allowed.

There is a quiet place. Over the throne was "Golden Altar" with precious stones and enamels from Constantinople. Came to an ancient (5) icons Nikopeyskoy, which is located in a separate limit. Its the same was stolen, sorry, "rescued from the barbarians" Venetians from Byzantium, even in the first Crusade

Mosaics. How many of them! For general orientation: at the bottom of the saints, over them the apostles, and the dome Pantocrator (the Almighty). There is even a picture of the Trinity. When you exit the cathedral sharply turn to the left and get into the gallery and museum of the Cathedral of St. Mark. From the gallery of beautiful view of the mosaic dome and the view of the entire space of the cathedral as a whole. You can go to the balcony, where the horses were captured Greek (quadriga) 4-3 cc. before. Mr. Oe. of gilded bronze (from the fourth crusade). Then went to the hall receptions with tapestries, books, objects of the liturgical nature.
Saint Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco
Venice, Italy, 30124
+39 0415225205

Palazzo Ducale

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Palazzo Ducale - the museum with paintings, tapestries and lots of weapons. For centuries, the palace was the residence of the Venetian government. It passed laws, handed down sentences of woven intrigue. Here is the famous Hall del Consiglio Maggiore - the largest building in the world, the ceiling is not supported by a single pillar. Under the ceiling along the walls Halls continuous tape are portraits of all the Doge of Venice Doge Marino Faliero apart.

In 1355, Faliero conceived coup and make his power alone, but the environment had betrayed him, and rain was executed as a traitor. A place should have been his image forever closed the black curtain as a curse and a reminder of the inviolability of the Venetian Republic. This is a museum of "Glory of Venice".

In many rooms of the great masterpieces of art, carved ceilings, etc., and all has been said to me great, and not very incl. nothing to add. I liked it very much force at all on what is left entirely.

I crawled to the nearest cafe on the square and bought ice cream. Ate, looked at the crowd, fat pigeons, and slowly, slowly recovered for a new spurt of beauty.
Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale
Piazza San Marco
Venice, Italy, 30124
+39 0415224951

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