The Ragione Palace

In this chapter we discuss one of the most spectacular and surprising buildings in the world: it is the Ragione Palace.

The Ragione Palace (for the locals “Salone”, Big Hall), was built in the thirteenth century and was used until the decline of the Republic of Venice, in 1979, as a city court.It is located between Erbe Square and Frutta Square and is characterized by a trapezoidal shape and, by a particular cover in the shape of an inverted ship’s hull, which was designed by Giovanni degli Eremitani.

Along the loggia, open on the ground floor, we find many typical Venetian shops and bars, which offer the most greedy passers-by characteristic drinks (ombre and cicchetti), while upstairs, we find the largest roof unsupported by columns in the world whose measures are: 81 meters in length , 27 wide and a height of 27 meters.

Inside you can admire an extraordinary cycle of frescoes, about 217, which decorate the walls with paintings dedicated to astrology that date back to the fifteenth century. In particular, these paintings represent the whole cycle of the months, from January to December, accompanied by the allegories of the zodiacal signs, the planets, the constellations, the arts and crafts.

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