The beautiful four horses embellished the façade of St. Mark’s Church from shortly after they were brought from Constantinople to Venice in the Middle Ages until the arrival of Napoleon who had the horses transferred to Paris in 1798. They were returned later during the reign of Francis II, Emperor of Austria. Read famous comments on the horses, results of scientific analyses and much more.
Discover the most beautiful, iconic and representative site in Venice: the Doge’s Palace that houses the essence of Venetian civilization. Get to know the stories behind its “old stones” and listen to their soft whispers narrating a compelling story.
What are the obelisks adorning the façade of some Venetian palaces? Far from being – as it is traditionally asserted – a distinguishing mark of honour granted to the Captains of the Venetian war fleet, they were just chimneys!