Venice Revisited 4
I think that part of visiting a place is try to see the details. You can find magic and wonder in those details, or just small pleasures of getting to know a place. That's why I travel with a camera when I'm going to someplace new, even if it's in my own backyard. The camera aids me in seeing pictures. When I've got a camera with me I'm constantly looking around to see something that unusual, or different. Then I try to capture it in pictures. These capitals on columns of the Doge's Palace on St. Mark's square were just some of the details that made for interesting pictures.
The palace was begun in 1309 and completed in 1429. The building was the seat of the Republic of Venice's government until 1789 when the republic was over thrown by Napoleon. It is great example of Gothic architecture. These capitols are now around 700 years old. They show the effects of time and weather, but the black stains are the result of air pollution from the gas engines of the modern boats in the canals (no cars travel in Venice). It can possibly be removed. Such restoration work has been performed on the Louvre in Paris, and the British Museum in London. Those restorations jobs use plain water and scrub brushes to remove most of the soot that had settled on their sculptures. It's a lot of work, but is worth it to restore the work of long forgotten artists of Venice.
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