Located in Piazza San Marco 1 in Venice, the Doge's Palace is a Venetian Gothic style palace which served as the primary residence of the Doge of Venice, who was the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic. This ornate building showcases breathtaking exterior with an open portico, a second level balcony, and patterned bricks. The interiors, on the other hand, feature gilded ceilings, opulent staircases and frescoed walls. Construction of the palace began in 1340 although it was modified and redone many times in the centuries that followed. As of 1923, the Doge's Palace functions as a palace and is one of the 11 museums which the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia runs. As a museum, the Doge's Palace features exhibitions of great historical interest and offers different itineraries, such as 'The Hidden Treasures of Doge', 'Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace and many others. One of the most popular attractions amongst tourists in Venice, the Doge's Palace offers a remarkable experience for folks interested in learning about the history of the city. Here's everything you need to know about this must see museum.
History of the Doge's Palace
In 1483 and 1547, the Doge's Palace witnessed two major fires which destroyed parts of the building. It was during the renovations that followed when the palace found its way back to its original Gothic style. After political changes in the Republic of Venice, the city and the Doge's Palace officially became a part of Italy in 1866. In the years that followed, the Doge's Palace was used as a place of residence by many administrative offices. Due to natural wear and tear, the palace began showing visible signs of decay and in 1923, the Italian State announced that the Doge's Palace would run as a museum instead. Since 1996, the Doge's Palace has been a prime member of the Venetian museums network.