Explore the Doge's Palace

Discover the iconic Venice landmark in a virtual tour

By Google Arts & Culture

Welcome to the Ducale Palace, Home of the Doge

One among many iconic Venice landmarks, the Doge's palace is instantly recognizable and impressive from the water. Before stepping inside, you can tour the canals in this street view by clicking-and-dragging, and also using the arrows...

Spanning the canal between the New Prison and the palace is the famous Ponte de i Sospiri, which the poet Lord Byron translated from the Venetian as 'The Bridge of Sighs', imagining prisoners sighing at their final view of Venice before heading to the interrogation rooms...

One side of the palace faces out over the grand canal, and the other looks onto the Piazza San Marco, Venice's bustling centre.

Inside, the 14th Century palace is resplendent. You can wander the corridors here.

The Lion of Saint Mark, Vittore Carpaccio, 1516, From the collection of: Doge's Palace
Venice and Neptune, Gianbattista Tiepolo, 1745 - 1750, From the collection of: Doge's Palace
Pope Alexander III offers Doge Ziani the Holy Candle, Leandro Da Ponte detto Bassano, c. 1605, From the collection of: Doge's Palace
The Triumph of Venice, Jacopo Robusti Detto Tintoretto, 1587 - 1594, From the collection of: Doge's Palace
Prosperity (cornucopia), Paolo Caliari detto Veronese, 1575 - 1578, From the collection of: Doge's Palace
Saint Sebastian, Paolo Caliari detto Veronese, 1582, From the collection of: Doge's Palace
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The palace museums house a glut of Renaissance art riches, from Carpaccio to Tintoretto to Veronese. 

The Lion of Saint Mark (1516) by Vittore CarpaccioDoge's Palace

Vittore Carpaccio's Lion of St Mark (1516) is a jewel of the palace's collection. This huge painting depicts the symbol of both St Mark and the City of Venice, as well as the old Venetian Republic.

The lion's face rears, haloed and triumphant, in front of the Doge's Palace and the Piazza San Marco in the background.

The ships out in the lagoon are a nod to the Republic's naval power.

The lion's book shows the phrase "Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus. Hic requiescet corpus tuum" ("Peace be with thee, O Mark, my evangelist. Here thy body will rest"), which, local tradition has it, an angel spoke to St Mark when he arrived at the lagoon.

Cortile del Palazzo Ducale, Venezia (1876) by Carlo NayaThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Discover the full collection here.

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