Picture This: Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

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Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy.

Standing next to St. Mark’s Bell tower in St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries, as well as the home of the Doge – the elected ruler of Venice. Its role as a political institution dissolved in 1797 with the Napoleonic occupation of the city, and is now a museum in modern day.

First raised in the ninth century and rebuilt many times, the present palace was largely constructed from the early 1300s into the 1400s. With a Venetian Gothic architectural style and byzantine influences, the palace has huge walls of white limestone and pink marble softened by porticos, finely wrought loggias, a crenellated roof and a series of balconies. Its elaborate decoration boasts carvings of animals, flowers, representations of the months of the year and moral sculptures.

Photographer: Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner lives in Southern California and says, “The world is my playground.” His career as a pilot and aircraft mechanic for private jets has taken him all over the world. Never without his camera, Mark chronicles his travels, as well as his varied resume of outdoor pursuits including mountaineering, cycling, skiing, fishing and more. Click here to see more.


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