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The two red columns on the Doge's Palace facade in St Mark's Square in Venice

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The two red columns on the Doge's Palace facade in St Mark's Square in Venice

The Doge's Palace is undoubtedly the most visited monument in Venice and there are lots of interesting facts about it!

For example, if you look at it from the front from the square, you can see that the 9th and 10th column of the first floor loggia are not white but red. According to some, the two red columns were the place from which the Doge attended the ceremonies and performances that took place in the Square; from here, it seems the death sentences were also announced.

It was believed to be also used in death sentences of the aristocrats: the condemned person was hanged right between the two columns and was left hanging for several days, so that everyone could see him. In 1470 this punishment befell Bartolomeo Memmo, a nobleman guilty of conspiring against the Doge Cristoforo Moro.

The executions of the common people usually occurred between the two columns of the Square, on top of which we can see St Teodoro and the lion of St Mark, which is why it is said that to pass in the middle brings bad luck.

There are countless curious historical anecdotes, legends and traditions throughout the historic centre of Venice, linked both to great monuments and small details that we often do not consider very important. To learn about a different Venice and to get in touch with its fascinating past contact us now! Our guides will organize a unique tour itinerary for you, taking account of your needs and requirements!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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