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Mark's Basilica: beautiful Venetian church with 5 domes looks like the
ancient church of Costantinopoli. It was embellished during the early centuries
of the last millennium and particulary in the thirtheenth century when Venice
dominated Mediterranean culture and economy.
The church, built to represent the power of Serenissima, is externally embellished with marble, mosaics and bas-relief: all maded with precious materials came from Bisanzio, Aquileia and Ravenna. Internally, the church has a Greek cross plan with domes substained by big columns.
But the most amazing fact of this church is that the architectural structure is perfectly hidden by the beauty of the mosaics...
Guggenheim Museum: the building should have characterized with its magnificence the last part of Gran Canal: these were at least the purposes of the first owner who built it in the eighteenth century. The building joins Gran Canal with the channel on the rear part with two wings closing a rectangular courtyard in wich should have hosted wild animals (this explains the name of the building: leoni means lions!). Actually only the ground floor facing the Gran Canal was built using a white stone called "Pietra d'Istria": on the rear side there's the garden. Building was bought in this century by american collector Peggy Guggenheim, and became soon one of the most important place for contemporary works. Exhibiting masterpieces by Kandinsky, Pollock, Ernst, Chagall, Dalμ and many others.
D'Oro: Once upon the time was considered one of the most sumptuous buildings
of Venice for the beautiful colours of its facade, Ca' D'oro knew an unlucky
period becouse of the several restorations made during five centuries of
history, till baron Giorgio Franchetti bought it at the end of XIX century
to create an art gallery.
Inside it's possible to admire masterpieces by Mantegna, Diana and Carpaccio. Besides there are many paintings of Flemish school and what remain of the decorations that one time made beautiful the facades of the buildings near the "Canal Grande" (main channel of Venice).
IN VENICE TODAY 1999