The Doges's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) a superb example of Venetian Gothic architecture and Ode on Venice down the Grand Canal
Oh Venice! Venice! when thy marble walls
Are level with the waters,
Glory and Empire once upon the Towers ...G.G. Lord Byron
Reading Byron and looking for the Piraeus Lion which was "removed" by Venetians.It was originally located in the ancient harbour of Athens since the 1st century AD and was a famous landmark.
Its prominence was such that the port was given the name Porto Leone ( "Lion Port" ) by the Italians.
((( Dedicated to my friends and Flickr friends in Italy )))
Our thoughts are with you ... 29/5/2012