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Doge's palace

The Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style. It is one of the main landmarks of the City of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the major power figure of the former Republic of Venice. The Palace contained holding cells in the 12th century.  During the 13th and 14th centuries, more prison spaces were built on the entire ground floor of the southern wing of the building. It opened as a museum in 1923. The Palace itself had to go under numerous restorations for a variety of reasons. The artworks also had to go under restoration because of these reasons like fires and earthquakes. Most of the artworks are on their original columns in the 6 main rooms of the museum. The rooms in the museum also contain statues and architectural and decorative works in stone which are part of the architecture of the Palace. Many pieces of art in the Palace have strong political themes. For instance, in one piece there is a lion above Mary.   The lion is the symbol of the country of Venice when it was independent. Another picture shows people crowning the lion, therefore crowning Venice as a whole. The lion is normally bigger than the other figures in the picture, making the point that the lion is more important. The bull represents Europe in another picture. There are many political meanings within the art in this Palace. In the room of the Senate, there is light hitting the head of where the Doge normally would sit because the Doge has to be seen as enlightened, just and fair.

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