Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Venice, Day 3: Venetian Arsenal

The above is the view of the entrance to the Arsenal.

To understand the glorious past of Venice, you must be familiar with Venetian Arsenal. The Arsenal is a former shipyard where Venetian ships were built. Being the center of Venetian Naval industry from the 13th century, it was the largest industrial complex in Europe before the Industrial Revolution. The Arsenal producing many vessels generated great wealth and power for Venice until 1797 when Napoleon took over the area.

Before 1200, Venetian ships were built in small shops scattered throughout the city. Shortly after 1200, these small businesses were organized and grouped into one single large shipyard - the Arsenal.

The high walls prevents public from seeing what is inside the complex.

The Byzantine-style building already existed by the early 13th century. This main gate was built around 1460. The two lions sitting on the left and right of the door were taken from Greece.

The winged lion, the Lion of Venice, is above the door.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Venice, Day 2: Around Ponte dell’Accademia

Around Ponte dell’Accademia on Dorsoduro side, there are local bars, cafes, and restaurants. You can also find vendors selling fruits and vegetables on the their boats. It is an interesting sight.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Venice, Day 2: View from Ponte dell’Accademia

This is the view from Ponte dell’Accademia (Accademia Bridge) when you travel toward the south end of the Grand Canal. The bridge connects Dorsoduro and San Marco district. It takes you to the Accademia Gallery in Dorsoduro.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Venice, Day 2: St. Mark's Campanile

After we visited St. Mark Basilica, we decided to climb St. Mark’s Campanile.

The Campanile, located in St. Mark’s Square, was built in the 12th century. It attained its final form in 1514. In 1902, the bell tower collapsed. No one was killed. In 1912, it was reconstructed.

At the entrance of St. Mark’s Campanile, you are greeted with these statues. The Campanile is just across from St. Mark Basilica.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Venice, Day 2: St. Mark Basilica

St. Mark’s remains were brought to Venice in 829. Venetian crusaders brought back tons of Byzantine art treasures from Constantinople, the former name of Istanbul. It made Venice extremely wealthy. St. Mark Basilica has been adorned with the treasures and the high artisanship they brought back. St. Mark’s relics have been kept inside the basilica.

St. Mark Basilica was under renovation during my visit. However, the past glory is still evident.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Venice, Day 2: Doge's Palace Part 2

Doge’s Palace displays the glorious history of Venice.

The Armory Rooms showcase suits of armor and weapons. It's hard to believe they used to wear those heavy armors to fight.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Venice, Day 2: Doge's Palace Part 1

Doge’s Palace served many functions back in the day. It was a court where authorities worked, a palace where a Doge lived and a prison holding prisoners. The architecture style is Venetian Gothic.

Inside the courtyard, there are two wells dating from the 16th century.