Italy - Venice

Italy - Venice
  • 173  
  • V14646 T   The Campanile, Doges' Palace and  the
                              Prison, Venice, Italy.


  • Keystone View Company
    Copyrighted, Underwood & Underwood
    Manufactures     Made in U.S.A.     Publishers
  • Meadville, Pa., New York, N.Y.,
    Chicago, Ill., London, England.
Description (Back): 

SERIES  400  200  100
POSITION  173  87  49





     We are on a broad lagoon, or opening of the Adriatic Sea.  The Grand Canal of Venice comes winding through the city and enters the lagoon a short distance from here at our left.  A part of the city is behind us at our left, but the most famous of the old buildings are in the district ahead.  The low island ground is entirely covered with buildings.  Natural channels and artificial canals wind in and out in every direction among the closely-packed houses, shops and churches.  There are countless paved streets, too crossing the channels by bridges, but the streets are narrow and crooked, and used only by pedestrians.

     There are no horses in Venice; no carriages.  Gondolas, like this one; long slender, black-painted boats with both ends narrow, curving up out of the water, together with motor boats and launches, are used by everybody, where walking is not practicable.  The gondolier stands and uses a single long oar.  Heavy freight is transported in flat-bottomed scows.

     That building with the beautiful marble colonnades along the front is the palace of the Doges, the rulers of Venice in the days when she was an independent republic.  The architecture is an Italian variation of the Gothic style.  The building at the right used to be a prison.  A canal separates the two, crossed at its outlet by a modern public bridge, and we have just a glimpse of a covered passageway between the two buildings.  That is the famous Bridge of Sighs.  Across the prisoners were led to the Ducal Court to hear sentence of death pronounced upon them.  Above the roof of the Doges' palace we get a glimpse of the central dome of the Cathedral of St. Mark.  The cathedral bells are hung in that detached tower (campanile) at the left.


              Copyright by the Keystone View Company





Description and Comments

  • Photographic print mounted on a curved dark gray colored card mount.
  • Right side of card shows some insect damage to the mount, affecting the printed text.
  • This stereo view card dates to the late 1920s..
  • The V prefix in front of the negative number indicates this image is from an Underwood & Underwood negative. 
  • This stereo view is probably from a 400 view Keystone "World Tour" boxed set.
  • This card would have been position 173 in the 400 view set (indicated by the box on the card's back).

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