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Doges of Venice

Throughout a millennium of Venetian History, 120 doges ruled the Serenissima.

Here you are a few curiosities about doges you maybe don’t know yet!

Francesco Foscari was elected the 65th Doge of Venice in 1423. His reigned for 34 years becoming the longest-lasting ruler of the Republic.

Portrait of Francesco Foscari

Doge Francesco Foscari

Francesco Corner has been the 101st Doge: he held the crown just for 35 days, during 1618

the shortest-lasting doge Francesco Croner

Doge Francesco Corner

Francesco Morosini was crowned the 108th Doge of Venice: during the siege of Athens in 1687 his cannons blew the Parthenon up.

Doge Morosini Offers the Reconquered Morea to Venice, painting by Lazzarini

Doge Morosini Offers the Reconquered Morea (Greece) to Venice, painting by Lazzarini

Enrico Dandolo was the 42nd Doge: he is the only one not to be buried in Venice. He was already in his 90’s when he led venetian army during 4th Crusade: he died in Constantinopole and was buried in the church of Hagia Sophia.

Doge Dandolo while addressing Crusaders in St. Mark's church.

Doge Dandolo while addressing Crusaders in St. Mark’s church.

Marin Faliero was the 55th venetian Doge, elected in 1354: he is the only Doge to be arrested and beheaded for treason.

Doge Marino Faliero before his execution in Doge's Palace, painting by Francesco Hayez

Doge Marino Faliero before his execution in Doge’s Palace, painting by Francesco Hayez

Paoluccio Anafesto was the very first Doge of Venice: he was elected by members of twelve aristocratic families in 697 AD.

Paoluccio Anafesto's coats of arms

Paoluccio Anafesto’s coats of arms

Ludovico Manin was the 120th and last Doge of Venice: when Napoleon arrived in Venice in 1797, he abdicated, interrupting a thousand-year tradition.

The last Doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin

The last Doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin

Doge’s wife was called Dogaressa. Dogaressa Morosina Morosini’s coronation in 1597 is considered the most expensive and sumptuous venetian ceremony of all times: parties and celebrations lasted for 3 days, during which she wore a golden silk robe and her following consisted of 400 young noble ladies.

The Dogaressa Morosina Morosini

The Dogaressa Morosina Morosini

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