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The Palazzo Ducale was erected in the IX century, initially as a castle that was then radically transformed in the years 1172-1178. Later, from the XIV century until 1463, the construction was repeatedly modified and enlarged. The palace also suffered two large destructive fires, the first in 1484 and the second in 1577.

As well as being an important symbol of the Republic of Venice, the Doge's Palace was also the Doge's private residence, the seat of the government and court. Its function ceased with the fall of the Republic in 1797. Inside are many halls and staterooms with beautiful decorations and large fireplaces.

The two external facades are in the Gothic style, but with the novelty of having a lighter lower section with a porch and loggia, while the heaviest part, the wall, is above.

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