The History Of Venice

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Located north of Italy, Venice is a city built upon 118 tiny islands famous for its numerous waterway canals that are joined by bridges. It is also known for its beauty, architecture, and art, (unesco.org). Although no historical records are known that record the founding of Venice, historians agree that the original population of Venice were refugees from Roman cities who were fleeing Germanic and Hun invasions. Originally established on a swamp, from the 5th to the 8th century A.D. settlers established the island using wood pylons driven into 100 feet of silt, and by A.D. 726 the people of Venice elected their first doge, (www.lonelyplanet.com). After its establishment, Venice started working on its business interest trading with Muslim leaders, becoming a cosmopolitan empire. By the mid 15th century Venice was draped in golden mosaics, imported silks, and incense that hid the sulfuric odors that were inherit to the lagoon empire. Venice had become a popular location among Europe’s elite. By the end of the 16th century Venice was known throughout Europe for its sensuous artwork an...

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