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The waterfront of Riva degli Schiavoni: photos, description (Riva degli Schiavoni)

The Riva degli Schiavoni, the main promenade of Venice, is dotted with numerous souvenir shops and shops attracting crowds of tourists. This promenade offers breathtaking views of the spectacular architectural creations of the great Andrea Palladio, who dominate the San Giorgio island, located South from the Riva degli Schiavoni.

The embankment was laid on the muddy sediments recovered from the bottom of the Grand canal in the 9th century. Its name comes from the name of Slavic Schiavoni merchants who delivered meat and fish to many local wharves and jetties.

The Riva degli Schiavoni begins immediately behind the Doge's Palace, then crosses the Rio del Palazzo at the Straw bridge - Ponte della Paglia, so named because in the past it carried cattle feed. Ponte della Paglia is a popular tourist attraction of Venice and the best place to take a picture of another famous bridge - the Ponte dei Sospiri located 30 metres upstream. The bridge of Sighs connects the Doge's Palace and the Palazzo dei Prigioni. Say, what is the name of the bridge gave Lord Byron, who himself heard the sighs of doomed prisoners, who conducted him to prison. Near the building of the old prison is an exclusive hotel Danieli Hotel, a former residence of the family Dandolo. In the 1950-ies to this wonderful Byzantine Palazzo was made tasteless Annex building - the first design in this place is allowed since the murder of Doge Vitale Michele in 1172, the year.

After the hotel Danieli Riva degli Schiavoni crosses the canal Rio del VIN and the Grand cluster of bronze statues made by the sculptor Ettore Ferrari in honor of Vittorio Emanuele, the first king of Italy. Even further is the Church of Santa Maria della our lady of the visitation, more commonly known as La Pieta. Once it was the parish Church of Antonio Vivaldi, who here has written and performed several of his works. Pieta is also a notable sculpture of the 19th century the Madonna and child work Marsili, which abandoned the traditional image of Christ majestically seated on the virgin's lap. Marsili Christ is a helpless child looking for motherly embrace.

The Riva degli Schiavoni ends in the place where begins another waterfront - the Riva CA’ di dio, which gradually runs towards the Venetian Gardens - the venue of the Venice Biennale.