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Venice – illustrated guide to the book “Inferno” by Dan Brown – Part 2


Continuation of Part 1 – Florence – illustrated guide to the book “Inferno” by Dan Brown.


Chapter 62


Venice from the air. One of the most visited places in the world. Located on the numerous islands of the Adriatic Sea. Building settlements “on the water” in the eighth century was was the result of looters raiding this region during the fall of the Roman Empire. The richness of decoration of buildings in the tenth and eleventh centuries stun, especially when we realize that in Poland until much later built modest Romanesque churches.

The railway station of Santa Lucia. Exit the station on the Grand Canal – the main thoroughfare of the city.

Church of San Simone Picolo opposite the railway station.

Church of San Geremia, where burned saint Lucia.

Probably the first in the world, famous casino – Casino di Venezia.

Ca Pesaro – contemporary art gallery in Venice.

Image of “The Kiss” – Gustav Klimt, viewed by Langdon in the museum Ca Pesaro. In reality painting is in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna.

Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge legendary.

Dogana da Mar – Sea Customs chamber and the church of Santa Maria della Salute.

The only metal part in a wooden gondola called “ferro di prua”.
Symbol Venetian gondola.

Arsenale Vecchio – Venetian shipyard. Image by Canaletto 1732.

Bridge of sighs – now place sighs of lovers. Apparently the couple who kiss in this place, will soon tie the knot. Formerly sigh here convicts from prison led to the Palazzo Ducale – the Doges Palace.

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Sign of Caduceus – symbol of peace and commerce.

 Rod of Asclepius. Symbol of medicine.

Chapter 71

Venice – the official gateway city. Between these columns wasted prisoners. Going this way and now supposedly brings bad luck. In the depths of Bell Tower of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace on the right. Next to the entrance to St. Mark’s Square. In the depths of St. Mark’s Basilica.

Winged lion on the column gates – the symbol of St. Mark and Venice.

Front of the basilica.

St. Mark’s  Basilica in all its glory.

Clock Tower in St. Mark’s Square. It was built in the years 1496-1506. The tower provided the astronomical clock mechanism. It shows not only time but also the time of year, phases of the moon and the position of the sun in the subsequent signs of the Zodiac. The winged lion, holding an open book inscribed with the words of the angel, became the emblem of the republic.

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Horses on the balcony of St. Mark’s Basilica.

Original sculptures stolen from the fourth century, during the Crusades, inside the building of the basilica.

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The interior of the basilica. Ceilings are made of flakes of gold foil.

Treasury of Byzantine art jewelery – gold altar (Pala d’Oro). It is located behind the main altar. Work on it began in Constantinople in 976 years. Contains about 1,300 pearls, about 400 grenades, about 300 sapphires, and emeralds, amethysts and rubies

The door leading from the basilica to the Doge’s palace.

Porta della Carta – “Paper Door” – entrance leading from St. Mark’s Square to the Doge’s palace.

Crypt of St. Mark’s in Basilica. Source >>

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