Doge's Palace

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Official residence of Venice’s doges (dukes) and the seat of the Republic’s government. Built in the 14th century, this incredible building was meant to be a statement of Venice's wealth and power. Highlights along the tour of the palace include: the large central courtyard and the Scala dei Giganti (Staircase of the Giants); the Sala del Maggiore Consiglio, or Hall of the Grand Council; Tintoretto's "Paradise," the largest oil painting in the world; and the Bridge of Sighs and prison.