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The present building dates back to the 17th century, but its construction is based on a previous edifice dating back to the late Gothic period, as evidenced by some architectural elements such as the 15th century portico in the atrium and the windows overlooking the beautiful inner courtyard. A monumental Istrian stone façade overlooking the Fondamenta Marco Giustiniani is on the exterior. Above the windows is a large coat of arms of the Giustiniani family, surmounted by episcopal insignia.

Erected by the aristocratic family of the Giustiniani, or Giustinian in 1689, the Torcello bishop Marco Giustiniani used the place first as his own residence and then also for the other Bishops of Torcello, thus transforming the palace in episcopal seat.

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