After the Fourth Crusade when the Venetians looted Constantinople, many lavish decorations were brought and placed in the Basilica of Saint Mark in Piazzo San Marco of Venice to decorate the church even more beautifully and deluxe.
The city of Venice became a part of Italy in the 19th century (1866) and in this time period, the Doge's Palace was used by many government offices and houses the Biblioteca Marciana for almost one hundred years until the early 20th century (1811-1904).
The oldest part of the Ducale Palace on St Mark’s Square in Venice is facing the lagoon where the corners are decorated with sculptures by various artists in the 14th century.
If you visit Venice, be sure to add this historic landmark as one of the must see tourist attractions in Italy.
In the 16th century, the Ducale Palace of Venice in St Mark’s Square was connected to the prison by a bridge known as the “Bridge of Sighs”.
The Bridge of Sighs connected to the Ducale Palace on St Mark’s Square in the city of Venice overlooks the lagoon and the picturesque San Giorgio Maggiore and caused prisoners to sigh when they catch their last glimpse of freedom as they pass into their cells in the prison from the courtroom of the palace.