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Saint Mark's lion and doge Foscari on the gate of the Doge's Palace © 2017 When in Venice. All rights reserved.

The Venetian Lion Explained

When visiting Venice, it is hard not to notice the many lions adorning the doors and facades of the buildings, especially around Saint Mark’s Square. Let’s take a closer look at this symbol of Venice to discover some of the … Continue reading

the burial in saint Mark's basilica in Venice containing the heart of doge Erizzo © 2017 When in Venice. All rights reserved.

The Heart of a Doge in Saint Mark’s Basilica

The history of Venice and its Republic can’t be understood without discussing the figure of the doge, its most important public figure. The doge was strictly chosen among the members of the noble class, and elected by the Maggior Consiglio … Continue reading