In Venice, images from the intricate system of major and neighborhood canals replaces what we think of as street photography. The Grand Canal is Main Street in this ancient city, and it goes back to Marco Polo and Antonio Vivaldi.
Rich colors and gorgeous architecture stand out where the canal makes its sweeping turn toward the Rialto Bridge.
When these palatial residences were built, right on the water, it was a different time. Venice was the world’s greatest seafaring power, and the wealthy expressed themselves in art. So much has been saved, you still get a sense of what the times must have been like.
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About Venice’s Grand Canal
The forms one of the major transportation links between the city’s industrial and residential areas.
The canal is 3.8 kilometers long, and 30 to 90 meters wide, with an average depth of five meters. It is flanked by two parallel canals, the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Piccolo.
The Grand Canal is lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century, and include palaces, churches, and other structures. The canal is a popular tourist destination and is also used for transportation purposes.
There are four bridges crossing the Grand Canal, the most famous of which is the Rialto Bridge.
In 1256, construction of the canal began under the supervision of Jacopo de’ Piazze. The project was completed in the 15th century.
The Grand Canal has been used for transportation since its completion. In the 18th century, gondolas were the main means of transportation on the canal. Today, motorized boats are used for transportation, and gondolas are primarily used for tourist purposes.
The canal is a popular tourist destination and is lined with restaurants, shops, and hotels. There are also a number of attractions located along the canal, such as the Rialto Bridge, the Palazzo Ducale, and St. Mark’s Basilica.