Travel Palace in Venice’s Famous Piazza San Marco to Open to the Public for the First Time in 500 Years

07:55  12 october  2017
07:55  12 october  2017 Source:   Mental Floss

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Part of Venice ’ s famed Piazza San Marco will soon open its doors to the public for the first time in five centuries. Dezeen reports that Procuratie Vecchie, the oldest of three interconnected palaces on the square, will eventually become an arts venue and headquarters for The Human Safety Net

In The Companion Guide to Venice , Hugh Honour describes the Piazza San Marco as "beautiful at all times of day or night and all seasons of the year . It is one of the few delicate works of architecture that can absorb a bustling vulgar crowd without loss of dignity

ISTOCK © Provided by Mental Floss ISTOCK Part of Venice’s famed Piazza San Marco will soon open its doors to the public for the first time in five centuries. Dezeen reports that Procuratie Vecchie, the oldest of three interconnected palaces on the square, will eventually become an arts venue and headquarters for The Human Safety Net, a nonprofit organization aimed at empowering disadvantaged individuals and communities around the world.

First, British architect David Chipperfield plans to renovate the palace, an undertaking that's expected to last until 2020. It has been the headquarters for Generali, an Italian insurer, since the mid-1800s, and the renovation will create new space for The Human Safety Net, a social initiative funded by Generali. When it reopens, the palace will host exhibitions and public programming related to the organization's mission, which is to help refugees and children growing up in poverty.

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Procuratie Vecchie in Piazza San Marco , Venice . Image: stevegeer/IStockphoto.com via AFP Relaxnews. After 500 years of being reserved exclusively for the use of politicians and Italian royalty, a monumental landmark in Venice ’ s Piazza San Marco will re- open to the public as an

Piazza San Marco often known in English as St Mark' s Square, is the principal public square of Venice , Italy, where it is generally known just as la Piazza ("the Square"). The upper floors were intended by Napoleon to be a palace for his stepson Eugène de Beauharnais, his viceroy in Venice

Courtesy David Chipperfield Architects © Provided by The Week Publications Courtesy David Chipperfield Architects The three-story palace was rebuilt in the 16th century after the original 12th-century structure was damaged in a fire. Like the other palaces in the square, it was once home to Venice’s procurators, high-ranking government administrators. The renovation and re-purposing of the building will make its interiors accessible to the public for the first time in 500 years.

Chipperfield has plenty of experience restoring historic buildings. He is currently at work restoring Berlin’s New National Gallery, a building originally designed by storied 20th-century architect Mies van der Rohe, and has previously repaired and restored other historic structures, like Berlin's 19th-century Neues Museum and a group of 11 colonial-era buildings in Shanghai.

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Piazza San Marco has been a destination for locals and visitors for more than a millennium. One of the world' s top urban public spaces, the piazza stands atop the list with Today, Venice is the capital of the Veneto region in northern Italy. But for 1 ,000 years , it stood as the capital of the Republic of Venice .

Venice : Doge' s Palace Priority Admission Ticket. Duration: 1 day. 701 Reviews. Piazza San Marco . This gigantic public square is the centerpiece of Venice . Best time to visit. From September to November the city is most pleasant.

The restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie will largely be interior, but it will also include recreating a historic route through the palace to the Royal Gardens on the waterfront—which Generali is also involved in restoring.

[h/t Dezeen]

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