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The Most Serene Republic

The Most Serene Republic

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Venice is still called La Serenissima (The Most Serene Republic). This was a title bestowed upon the city by a pope during one of the rare periods when Venice and the pope were not at war with each other. Venice’s history of 1100 years is littered with warring, plotting of…

Doge’s Palace at Venice

Doge’s Palace at Venice

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The head of state for the early Republic of Venice was the Doge. The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace is Venetian Gothic characterized by the spontaneous imagination of the stonecutter. It has features of mainstream Gothic such as the pointed arch, vaulting, windows and portals with quatrefoils and trefoil details….