Zecca of Venice

in Venezia, Italy



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Column of Saint Theodore, 30100 Venezia, Italy
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N45° 25' 59.16" E12° 20' 21.12"   (45.4331, 12.3392)
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The Palazzo della Zecca is a 16th-century building in Venice which once housed the official government mint, or offices responsible for coining money. This building, rustic and robust in its external surface, stands in stark contrast to the ornately decorated Biblioteca Marciana next door. Both buildings were designed by Jacopo Sansovino. Today, the Zecca now serves as the host of the contents of the library of the Biblioteca Marciana.
The prior zecca had stood in the Rialto district since 1277 and moved here closer to the offices of the Republic located around the Piazza San Marco. This Zecca building was erected from 1536-1545, and built from solid blocks of Istrian marble. Since the mint formerly had ovens with high temperature and posed a risk of fire, little wood was used in construction. The entry archway with two Telamons was designed by Sansovino’s pupil, Vincenzo Scamozzi. The statues were carved by Girolamo Campagna and Tiziano Aspetti. The courtyard has a statue of Apollo by Danese Cattaneo.

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Zecca of Venice

Address: Column of Saint Theodore, 30100 Venezia, Italy
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