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Located on the Grand Canal, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto is a 15th-century historical palace and is one of the prime attractions of the city. The charming historic building offers pristine views of the Grand Canal and its location represents the stunning architectural marvel of that era. The interiors of this palace are embellished with intricate details and the walls are adorned with stunning artworks. In association with Musica a Palazzo, it also hosts prominent cultural concerts and operas happening in the city.
Situated near Castello, was constructed in 9th Century. This church is believed to be a part of an adjacent monastery. The present structure seen dates back to 16th Century when it went through major renovations. Though the church looks simple from its outside, it is known for featuring elements designed by famous Italian sculptors, Girolamo Campagna and Giovanni Maria da Cannaregio. The church faced major destruction during the World War era and was later restored. This church property has also been used as a convent and was a hospital for nuns.
Construction of this church started at the end of the 14th Century by the Dominican friars. It was completed at the beginning of the 15th Century. The remains of 25 Doges are buried here and over these centuries the church has earned the status of a minor basilica. The sepulchral monuments are in the care of the Lombardi family and the monuments of Nicolo Marcello, Pietro Lombardo and Pietro Mocenigo are masterpieces by the same sculptor, whose works occupy the whole left side of the entrance. Also impressive is the monument erected in the honor of Andrea Vendramin, and the paintings by Veronese and Piazzetta. A beautiful juxtaposition of Gothic as well as Renaissance-style architecture, San Zanipolo is a must-visit.
The San Giovanni Elemosinario is an ancient church that dates back to circa 1071 AD.
Known to be the oldest structure on the Canal Grande, the Ca' da Mosto dates back to the 13th Century. The palace is beautifully designed in the Veneto-Byzantene style architecture. The palace is currently inhabitated as the basement is filled with the canal waters. However, the palace is historically significant as it has been home to the Holy Roman Emperor in the 18th Century.
Palazzo Pisani Moretta is a two-storeyed palace that stands majestically facing the Grand Canal. Dating back to the 15th Century, this palace boasts of a light pink façade exhibiting Gothic floral architecture. Its most prominent features are its white windows with mullions and arches. Its interiors have been designed by famous historic artists of the Baroque period and hence the stairways, walls and ceilings exhibit distinct Baroque art and architecture. Some of these artists include Giuseppe Angeli, Gaspare Diziani, Giambattista Tiepolo and Jacopo Guarana. This palace has been graced by the likes of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph Il of Austria, Joséphine Bonaparte and Tzar Paul of Russia. Today, it hosts an annual masquerade and is open for public visits.