30Sep/130

Visit To The Doge’s Palace

I've learned that Venice was petrified of any leader getting too much power and so elected the Doge,usually for short time periods, and gave him strict rules to abide by and lots of committees to make decisions with. So I went to visit his palace yesterday (actually this was written a while ago;I'm in berlin now trying to catch up on my posts) and I was amazed at how overwhelmed you'd be if you were coming to deal with him. You have to go up a Golden Staircase first and then into this enormous waiting room covered with huge pictures of how successful Venice is at war, at commerce, at art. Then you can come into another even bigger place with him raised up on a platform surrounded by even bigger paintings and huge golden carved frames in the ceiling with Gods bestowing flowers on Venice!

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