The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale di Venezia) is a gothic palace in Venice, Italy. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice.

Its two most visible façades look towards the Venetian Lagoon and St Mark’s Square, or rather the Piazzetta. The use of arcading in the lower stories produces an interesting “gravity-defying” effect. There is also effective use of colour contrasts.

The current palace was largely constructed from 1309 to 1424, designed perhaps by Filippo Calendario. It replaced earlier fortified buildings of which relatively little is known. Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon created the Porta della Carta in 1442, a monumental late-gothic gate on the Piazzetta side of the palace. This gate leads to a central courtyard.

The palace was badly damaged by fire in 1574. In the subsequent rebuilding work it was decided to respect the original Gothic style, despite the submission of a neo-classical alternative design by Palladio. However, there are some classical features — for example, since the 16th century, the palace has been linked to the prison by the Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri).

As well as being the ducal residence, the palace housed political institutions of the Republic of Venice until the Napoleonic occupation of the city.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Two RAW images, stitched together in PS Elements 8 Photomerge to provide a panorama view of the Palace.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma: 18-200mm
ISO: 200


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  • shadyuk
    shadyukover 4 years ago

    Great Capture, have been here 3 yrs ago !

  • Thank you kindly Dorothy, it is an amazing place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    That’s a huge Kennel for the Dogie’s Tom!! Fabulous shot looks fit for a king!! :0)

  • Hehe, you did it again, you made me smile. Cheers mate, you always brighten my day …

    – Tom Gomez

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the notion of a Bridge of Sighs…. Actually, I’m still fascinated by it. A wonderful shot of this wedding cake of a palace. And as ever, the history carries me away.

  • Thank you so much dear Sheila. When we were there, the Bridge of Sighs was covered in scaffolding so I never got a shot of it. I was really disappointed …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Thank you Tom, I do try to make people smile & when that smile has been confirmed it makes it all worth while :0)

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Amazing architecture, lovely details throughout, I really enjoyed my visit to Venice 20 years ago!

  • Thank you so much Shaun. I could not get back far enough to get it all in, hence the photomerge. Venice is a photographer’s dream location …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    beautiful Tom!!!

  • Thank you kindly Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Great shot Tom and what a lovely building with gorgeous architecture.

  • Cheers Gary, it is a wonderful place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    lovely capture…….

  • Thank you so much Antanas …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Great work Tom. It does have a “gravity defying effect” doesn’t it!

  • Thank you so much Trish, it does look like it is floating …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    Interesting looking palace! Great capture!

  • Thank you kindly dear barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

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