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Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

Walking through the alleys of the Italian city of Venice, we found a hidden gem between buildings. This is the “Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo” and its famous “Scala Contarini del Bovolo”.

At a time when the Republic of Venice allowed the construction of towers only to the churches and the State, the Contarini Family wanted to demonstrate its economic power by ordering the construction of this structure with arches that mimics a tower. Both structures belong to the fifteenth century.

The spiral staircase on the outside was added after the construction of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. The Scala Contarini del Bovolo incorporates the Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance styles. It reaches a height of 26 meters and from its viewpoint you can see the entire city of Venice.

The Scala Contarini del Bovolo was used in the Othello film directed by the American filmmaker Orson Wells in the 1950s.

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