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Admiral Angelo Emo’s monument in the Naval historical museum

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Admiral Angelo Emo’s monument in the Naval historical museum

The historic naval museum of Venice, which has just reopened after extensive restoration work, is the ideal place for those interested in the history of sailing and the Venetian and Italian Navy.

Inside you can also find a valuable sculpture: the marble monument of the Admiral of the Serenissima Republic Angelo Emo, work of the famous sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822).

This monument was commissioned by the Senate of the Republic of Venice in 1795 for the Doge’s Palace.

Angelo Emo was the last Captain from the Sea of the Republic of Venice. During the ruling of Doge Paolo Renier (1779-1789), he was sent to fight against the Barbary pirates who were damaging Venice’s trades and maritime routes. After having easily defeated their fleet, Admiral Emo, with a system of floating batteries invented by him, bombed their ports (Sfax, Tunis, Bizerte), putting an end to their raids.

The bust of the Captain is placed on a column adorned with naval trophies, while a winged figure, symbol of the Republic, crowns the head of the admiral and another, the Fama, is kneeling on one of the famous floating batteries he invented and is engraving the name of the hero along with the letter 'I' which stands for immortality.

The Naval History Museum of Venice is easily reachable via the Venetian public transport network: just take the vaporetto and get off at the 'Arsenale' stop, the Museum is less than 100 meters away!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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