Courtyard of the Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy, 1927. Artist: Eugen Poppel
Courtyard of the Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy, 1927. View looking towards St Mark's Basilica. The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) as it appears today was completed in 1424. It served as the residence for the ruler of Venice, the Doge, as well as housing various political and legal offices associated with the government of the Venetian republic. The palace was in all senses the political heart of Venice until the last Doge abdicated in 1797.From Italien in Bildern, by Eugen Poppel [August Scherl, Berlin, 1927]
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The Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace, Venice, 1937. Artist: Martin Hurlimann
The Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace, Venice, 1937. Designed by Antonio Contino and built in 1600, the Bridge of Sighs connects the old prison of Venice to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. The view from the bridge was the last glimpse of Venice convicts would get before they entered prison. Local tradition has it that a couple will enjoy eternal love if they kiss while passing under the bridge on a gondola at sunset.
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