Visiting Venice is like walking in history itself, definitely one of the more beautiful cities man has built. Taking its character from the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte and surviving two world wars, Venice today in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site. Every turn and route taken in Venice is a different discovery, for the shutterbugs in hubby and I, we had our CF cards full! Masks, water, vaporetto, gondolas, pigeons, murano glass, bridges, canals, polenta, tramezzini and tiramisu are some of the terms closely associated with Venice but the architecture would also draw you in.
Buildings in Venice can be identified as influenced by one: Palladium architecture, which is based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. And, two: Venetian Gothic characterized by a combination of lancet arch, Byzantine and Moorish architecture. Of course, there are those ordinary looking buildings that still exudes elegance despite being monotonous.
One can never tell the buildings apart, you can’t immediately identify a building’s use just by looking. Which are residential, which are for accommodation and which are for businesses? You can’t point out unless you particularly look at websites like Venice hotels on Venere or spot a signpost/marker in front of the building. To the left, you’d see yellow, to the right would be orange, look behind you and there’s pink or perhaps venetian red that’s too hard to pass up not taking photos of. And here in this post, I’m mostly featuring pink.
Getting lost in a turn is like discovering a spot that no one has gone before. It’s a great escape from all the hustle and bustle that locals and tourists create. You’ll find the shortest bridge, the most unique building, the most flower-adorned window and cats looking down at you. Each corner is not just lovely, they will tell you a story all unique on their own.
With its status in the architecture world, Venice holds the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the world’s grandest celebration and showcase of building designs. It’s part of the Venice Biennale, in turn a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years and where the Venice Film Festival is also part of.
The Biennale of Architecture is held in the beautiful Giardini Pubblici (Public Gardens) and the arsenale (former shipyards), it’s just a short walk from St. Mark’s Square – we unfortunately missed it. Austria has been participating since and it would have been a worthy post. Next feature: orange buildings…