Venezia e il Veneto

The Giants’ Stairs. Doge’s Palace, Venice.

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Curiously, one of the most symbolic and important places from the historical point of view in Venice, is an stopover.

In it, for centuries, the newly elected Doges swore fidelity to the republic.

From this place , standing at the top of the stairs, the new Doge visible from all points of the courtyard of the ducal palace.

The Giant’s Staircase was completed in 1485, replacing a marble staircase, which surely at that time, was considered too simple for the importance of the ceremonies held there.

To decorate this place even more, in 1566 two enormous statues of Mars and Neptune, made by Jacopo Sansovino, were placed at the top of the staircase, representing Venice’s dominion over sea and land.

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