Venipedia

The building represents the seat of the Patriarchy of Venice and is positioned to the side of the St. Mark's Basilica, overlooking the Piazzetta dei Leoncini.

New headquarters for the Patriarchate (which had been located in San Pietro di Castello up to the 19th century) were required when the Basilica of San Marco was elected as a cathedral. 

The works were taken on by the architect Lorenzo Santi in 1837, ending in 1870; they were complicated as they became the subject of many criticisms and controversies, but Santi still managed to work on the facade of the palace and reorganise the interiors that functioned as a wing of the Doge's Palace (the Banqueting Hall of the Signoria) and connected to the Palazzo via a passage.  

The white Istrian stone façade is characterized by thin and tall pilasters, tall windows and bas-reliefs that decorate the attic. Two plaques at the entrance to commemorate the two cardinals who carried out their terms of office here and who later became Popes John XXIII and John Paul I. 

Images gallery

The main facade of the building facing the small square of the little lions.

Traveling is wonderful, if you travel in knowledge it is doubly so. Venipedia Supporter is a good way to help us make this journey together ever more participatory, comfortable, useful and stimulating: in knowledge, in discovery, in exploration, in beauty, in inspiration and in how much it can improve the future of all of us. Day by day. Support the quality of Venipedia, with only € 29 per year

Forever yours,
the Venipedian Masters

Support Venipedia

Venipedia Supporter is an annual subscription that gives you access to additional services (like the newsletter Five from the Encyclopedia and Your voice area, which is automatically renewed on expiry if you do not decide to cancel or suspend it, from your personal area (you must have a Venipedia account).

Read also