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Ca' d'Oro (Palazzo Santa Sofia), Venice

Ca' d'Oro (Palazzo Santa Sofia) - Venice, Italy
Ca' d'Oro (Palazzo Santa Sofia)
Ramo del Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Italy 30121Map
Neighborhood: City Center

The Ca' d'Oro is a beautiful Gothic structure that served as a home to a highly influential family in the 15th century. Built for the Contarini family, the structure is called the Palazzo Santa Sofia and more casually got the name Ca' d'Oro, which means ‘golden house’ or ‘house of gold’, because of the chrome decoration and gold inlays on the exterior. Giovanni Bon and Bartolomeo Bon, his son, were the architects on the job as well as the sculptors and they created a beautiful Gothic structure that is still talked about because of its style. Through the years, a few private owners destroyed some of the original structure. Then when Baron Giorgio Franchetti became the owner, he restored what was destroyed and now it is almost as good as it was when the original architects made it. The house is now restored and is open to the public. It houses the Baron’s personal art collection, and also showcases the original furniture and decor.

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