City of Fortune
Plaque recording the site of Petrarch’s house in Venice.
The domes of St Mark’s basilica – echoes of Byzantium and the mosques of Cairo
The plunder from the Constantinople hippodrome in 1204. The present horses are only replicas of the originals.
A model of the Bucintoro, the doge’s golden boat, in the naval museum, Venice
Venetian echoes of the orient in the shapes of windows and architectural decorations
Loot from Constantinople – the figures of the four emperors of the city – on the façade of St Mark’s
The Rialto, once ‘the richest place on earth’: the square and merchant’s church of San Giacomo
The gateway of the Venetian arsenal, guarded by lions of all shapes and sizes
A photograph in a bar window of the advertising potential of pigeons: the Venetian entrepreneurial spirit!
A heroic painting of Corfu, a bastion of Venetian power defended until the death of the Republic
St Mark’s lion: the corporate logo of Venice on the harbour walls of Candia (Heraklion) Crete
The Venetian sea fort of Heraklion
The Venetian harbour at Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus
Barrel-vaulted galley sheds at Heraklion
Venetian house in Heraklion
The doorway of a collapsed Venetian house, Argiroupolis, Crete.
The Venetian harbour at Lepanto
The Morosini fountain, Heraklion, Crete
The administrative centre of Venetian colonial power: the loggia, Heraklion, Crete
The Rimondi fountain, Rethymnon, Crete. The Venetian lion obsession is inexhaustible.
Entrance to Paleokastro (the old fort) where the Venetians negotiated the final surrender of Crete.
Entrance to the Venetian fortified town on the island of Naxos.
Coat of arms on a Venetian house on Naxos
The defence of Candia (Heraklion) – the longest siege in world history.
The Venetian lagoon in winter. The snowy tops of the Dolomites in the distance.
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