The main attractions of Venice
Venice is a unique historical, architectural, cultural and spiritual center of ancient Europe. Today, Venice is one of the most tourist and romantic cities in the world. It keeps numerous world-class attractions and cultural events, and this is primarily – theatrical performances, carnivals, film festivals, exhibitions, which are attended by artists, connoisseurs of beauty and talent, as well as world stars.All this makes Venice attractive for many tourists. And the unusual silence, cozy streets, the splashing of the waves of numerous canals create its full dreamland romantic atmosphere.
To date, the sights of Venice continue to attract and admire the attention of many tourists from around the world. Consider the most important of them.
Grand Canal in Venice. The main attraction of the city of Venice is its transport system, which is carried out through the system of channels. The main thoroughfare of the city is the Grand Canal, which divides the city into two parts. The length of the channel is 3.8 kilometers, the width varies from 30 to 70 meters, and the maximum depth reaches five meters.
Four bridges were built across the Grand Canal, and 45 smaller canals, 5-6 meters wide, flow into it. On these channels you can only move on gondolas. Tourists can walk on gondolas or river buses, during such excursions tourists have the opportunity to observe the ceremonial facades of the palaces that face the channel of the Grand Canal.
“Golden House”. On the Grand Canal, in the Cannaregio district, is the Ca d’Oro Palace or the Palazzo Santa Sofia, also called the Golden House. The name of the palace was due to its facade, which in the past was decorated with precious materials. It was built in the XV century in the architectural style of the Venetian Gothic. Now the palace houses a collection of medieval paintings and sculptures.
Doge’s Palace. This is the largest palace complex since the Venetian Republic. Inside the palace is the Bridge of Sighs, through which the road from the palace to the building of the local prison passed. The bridge was built in the Baroque style and received a rather large number of names, but the most common of them – the Bridge of Sighs was due to the fact that prisoners were executed from prison. Hence the word “sighs” indicate the sadness and sadness of the doomed people.
St. Mark’s Square. A mandatory attribute of the tourist route is a visit to St. Mark’s Square, which houses the magnificent cathedral of the same name. On the square, tourists are met by numerous flocks of pigeons, which, according to ancient legend, were specially brought from Egypt as a gift to the Doge’s wife. The square is the tallest building in Venice – the bell tower (Campanile).
Rialto Bridge. Among the attractions of Venice is the Rialto Bridge, which is laid across the Grand Canal. This bridge is the most popular among tourists and not one of them leaves Venice without taking photos here. Until the 16th century, only wooden bridges were built in Venice, which were constantly destroyed by the forces of the elements, as well as by fires. To date, the Rialto Bridge is a marble arch with a length of about 48 meters. The bridge was built in 1591 by the project of Antonio de Ponte. In this form, it is observed to this day.
Church of Santa Maria Affairs Salute. This church is considered one of the brightest and most majestic sights of Venice. It is located at the mouth of the Grand Canal. It was built in 1631 to commemorate the deliverance of the Virgin Mary from the plague epidemic.
Gallery of the Academy of Arts. The gallery is located on the south bank of the Grand Canal. The Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts is a museum that holds in its exhibits the largest collection of Venetian painting dating back to the 14th-17th centuries. Visitors to the museum can see the unsurpassed works of famous masters of painting of those times.