Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Doge’s Palace played a very important part in the Venetian Republic, as it was home to the Doge, the duke, and government departments. It was even used as the Venetian Republic’s prison. The building itself is an impressive and rare example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Famous paintings such as Tintoretto’s Paradiso, one of the largest oil paintings in the world, are housed in the grandiose rooms of the palace. The well-known Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), where prisoners’ sighs were said to be heard, links the New Prisons to the Old Prisons, where the overflow of prisoners were kept.