Canal Grande I
The canal is four kilometres long, between 30 and 70 meters wide and five metres deep. Three bridges cross the Canal Grande, the most famous of which is the Rialto bridge with its shops. Most of the palaces facing the Canal Grande are 500 years old. It was a very popular and very expensive place to build, which is why most of the houses facing are rightfully called palazzi.
Standing in the boat, you can perfectly read the architectural history from the facades along the Canal Grande. We will take a closer look at several of the palazzi facing the Canal Grande in the architecture programme, albeit from jetties and narrow dead-end alleyways.
Grand Canal southern part Punta della Dogana
Canaletto ‘The entrance to the Canal Grande’ 49.6 x 73.6 cm, oil on canvas c. 1730
Edward Pritchett ‘Church of the Salute’ Sotheby’s, New York, 19th century
Friedrich Nerly ‘The Canal Grande view Rialto Bridge’ 19th century
Rialto bridge Rialto in the urban context
Michele Marieschi ‘Rialto bridge’
Bridge Gondola Left bank Right bank