Architecture of Venice

Many consider Venice to be the most attractive city in the world with buildings and decorations ranging in style from Byzantine to Renaissance. The Grand Canal, Venice's principal artery of water traffic, is lined with old palaces belonging at one time or another to the Venetian aristocracy. The most famous of the three bridges lining the Canal Grande is the Rialto.

To the north of St. Mark's Square is the site of the arsenal, a former shipbuilding center. To the east is the Lido, an island reef famous for its bathing and recreation resort. Venice's architectural charm makes it a mecca for many cultural attractions, film festivals and other special events.

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