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Ca' d'Oro: Façade

Canal Grande, Venice

Although it was to be more elaborately decorated than any of the earlier houses, the palace of Marin Contarini - which was to become known as the Ca' d'Oro, the House of Gold - fulfilled precisely the same traditional functions as the dozens of older palace-warhouses. It has a spacious ground floor hall for the reception and storage of goods, flanked by smaller, secure store-rooms, and by Contarini's own offices. Directly above, there are two very large apartments on the first and second floors, which are connected to the traditional Venetian internal courtyard by means of an equally traditional open staircase.

The façade facing over the canal was created by Bartolomeo Bon and his workshop, with the traditionally Venetian-Byzantine use of five arches, while the upper floors have wide open galleries typical of the era and clearly inspired by the Palazzo Ducale, created by Matteo Raverti. Raverti was probably responsible for the open staircase, the courtyard arcade, the large window facing the court and the door giving on to the street.

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