Palazzo Ducale at dawn, Venice 30 Oct 2017
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Dawn rises over Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) in the otherworldly landscape of Venice. For nine centuries, the Palazzo was the seat of the Republic of Venice, serving as a council chamber, law court and prison.
It was built in fortress-like Byzantine style in the 9th century and was partially replaced 500 years later by a Venetian Gothic structure. However, the ravages of three subsequent fires have resulted in extensive reconstruction work over the centuries. The palace is nicely situated on an entrance to Piazza San Marco along the Grand Canal. Visit the palace on Insight Guides' Romantic Venice trip.
This article was originally published on 7th March, 2016