Ca dOro: Grand Dame Of Venice Soon Celebrates 600th Birthday

By: Jillkammer
One of the most outstanding works of architecture in the city of Venice is known as the Golden House. In a city renowned for wonderful architecture, the Golden House owns quite a claim to fame that is well deserved.

Venice enjoyed influences from the Middle East as well as throughout the continent when it comes to trade. Being a main European trade center, this has affected Venice's architecture among other things, helping to make it a top cosmopolitan city.

Ca' d'Oro sits beside the Grand Canal which is known as the main waterway for the city. Constructed during the 15th century, the home was inhabited by the Contarini family after 1430 who were a quasi-noble and well known family. Between 1043 and 1676, the Contarini family gave eight of their own as doges to Venice.

Once adorned in gold leaf, which helped give the building its name, the pink and white facade hold very little relevance to the Greek. A near floral design is present on the premises, the work of Giovanni Bon who was a well known architect during the time it was built.

Located on the ground floor is the entrance, where it is accessible from the canal level in the colonnaded loggia. An enclosed balcony can be found above the entrance which is located on the upper floor and close to the art gallery which offers very impressive views.

In a city that is otherwise bustling, peace can be found when visiting the inner courtyard. The courtyard can be crowded with visitors, so finding a quiet time to rest is key. A good way to relax here is to see the wellhead, otherwise known as the vera di pozzo. Other interesting attractions are also close by.

16th century Flemish Tapestries are displayed in one room, while in another, a collection of bronzes can be found which date between the 12th and 16th centuries. Just about every time period can be experienced through the furniture decorating the rooms throughout the premises.

Paintings fabulous enough to compete with those found in the Gallerie dell' Accademia can be found here in the gallery. "San Sebastiano" and "Venus at the Mirror" by Titan are displayed, along with other paintings by well known artists such as Carpaccio and Tintoretto. The Dutch even landed in Venice, thanks to the works of Van Dyke and Jan Steen.

The Grand Canal offers a breathtaking view from the balcony outside the upper floor. A close up view of the windows with intricately carved quatrefoil shouldn't be missed, and the polychrome marble incrustations are so impressive, many find it worth a second look.

From this part of the gallery, it is easy to gain access to a room filled with intricate ceramics. Fit for the richest of the 15th century in Venice, kitchenware such as cups and plates can be viewed, offering the sense of what life was like during this time period for the wealthy.

The Gold House in Ca' d'Oro won't disappoint those looking for a treasure in Venice.
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