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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:   mentalfloss.com

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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

works on the Procuratie Vecchie on Venice ' s Piazza San Marco , which will see the palace opened to the public for the first time in 500 years . At ground floor, the stone arcades are home to Venice ' s famous – and expensive – coffee shops, the oldest of which have been in situ since the

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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Venice landmark to open to the public for the first time in 500 years . Venice ' s Procuratie Vecchie Palace to Re- Open After 500 Years . David Chipperfield to restore historic palace on Venice ' s Piazza San Marco .

Piazza San Marco , or Saint Mark' s Square, is the largest and most important square in Venice . Being the widest swath of flat, open land in a waterborne city, Piazza San Marco has long been an Save time by buying a San Marco Square Pass from Select Italy that includes admission to the 4

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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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

Piazza San Marco . 0.2 miles. Negozio Olivetti. 4 reasons to choose Youth Venice Palace San Marco . Why book with us. Prices you can't beat! An excellent view to the channel, two minutes from San Marco (however for the first time not so easy to find, but the placing is excellent, very calm and

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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