There are two monumental granite column pillars in St Mark’s Square, and on top of one of these columns lies the Lion of Venice, the city’s symbol.
It dates back to 300 BC, however it was brought to Venice in the 12th century.
The Palazzo Ducale began to decay and deteriorate in the late 19th century so the government funded its restorations. Many of the previous artefacts were sent to the Museo dell Opera and replaced by other works of art and furnishings.
You can see all of the originals at the Opera Museum when you are exploring Venice’s historic heritage.
You will be surprised to see that the 9th century Ducale Palace on Piazzo Marco is so beautiful and monumental when you find out that it has actually suffered much damage and destruction due to fires, intrusions, structure, and other factors!
It has been restored and modified on countless occasions over the centuries.