We’re near the end, now. And we’re right back where we started, at Piazza San Marco.
For centuries, Venice was a dominant—sometimes the dominant—force in the commercial and cultural life of Europe, playing a role similar to that of New York City in the 20th century. The Doges’ Palace was Venice’s ultimate power center.
The Palace is adjacent to Saint Mark’s Basilica, and its entrance is just around the corner.
You approach the palace grounds through this dim passageway…
…which opens to the central courtyard, and a magnificent assemblage of architecture. It’s a much smaller space than Piazza San Marco, but every bit as awe-inspiring..
Emerging from that shadowy entrance into this exquisite space is similar to going from Kansas to Oz.
“Much have I travelled in the realms of gold…”
Beautiful as the exterior is, it doesn’t prepare you for the grand rooms of the Palace.
This is why I keep going back to Europe. It takes centuries of civilization for a society to create an environment like this.
In the Armory
Every palace needs an armory.
The Reason I Came to Venice
There’s one more room in the palace still to visit: The Chamber of the Great Council. It gets a separate posting.