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Two Columns of Piazzetta and Doges Palace, Venice, Italy, 1924

Italy.  Venice. Two Columns of Piazzetta
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_B11584
Document Description
The Doge's Palace and the two Columns of Piazzetta, Venice, Italy, 1924.

Historical Context
The Piazzetta dei Leoncini is part of St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, in Venice.

The two tall columns represent Venice's two patron saints.  Atop the column on the left, St. Theodore (Teodoro), is stepping on a crocodile.  The winged lion of St. Mark the Evangelist (Marco) stands on the column to the right.

The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) behind the columns was originally constructed in the ninth century, although the current structure dates to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The palace was the residence of the Doge and housed government offices.


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