Palazzo dei Dieci Savi

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The facade on the Canal Grande.

Palazzo dei Dieci Savi is a palace on the Canal Grande, Venice, northern Italy. It is included in the sestiere (quarter) of San Polo, and is not far from the Rialto Bridge, on the opposite side than the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi.

It was built in the firs half of the 16th century, under design of Antonio Abbondi. It was the seat of the Dieci Savi alle Decime, the magistrate who cared the finances of the Republic of Venice, maintaining this function until the end of the latter in 1797. It currently houses the city's Water Officers.

Description[edit]

The palace has a longer façade on the Ruga (alley) degli Osei and a shorter one on the Canal Grande. The former has a portico with 37 arcades, whose ceiling, with cross vaults, is covered by frescoes, most of which are preserved in a good state.

The two upper floors, divided by two thick frames, feature 37 mullioned windows with undecorated stone frames. At the top, is a notched frame in correspondence with the attic. The façade on the canal is similar: it has four arcades at the bottom and five couples of rectangular mullioned windows at the upper floors.

The two only decorative elements are 16th century statue of the Justice (second floor) at the corner, and a bas-relief with a Lion of St. Mark (1848), dating to the short lived Republic of St. Mark (1848).

Sources[edit]

  • Brusegan, Marcello (2007). I palazzi di Venezia. Newton Compton. pp. 108–109. 

Coordinates: 45°26′18″N 12°20′08″E / 45.438342°N 12.335487°E / 45.438342; 12.335487