Venice landmark to open to the public for the first time in 500 years

After 500 years of being reserved exclusively for the use of politicians and Italian royalty, a monumental landmark in Venice's Piazza San Marco will re-open to the public as an exhibition space that will host art installations, events, seminars and humanitarian projects. British architect Sir David Chipperfield will spearhead the multi-million-dollar renovations to restore the decaying Procuratie Vecchie, the oldest of three buildings that border the piazza. The Procuratie Vecchie was built in the 16th century and dominates the north side of the square. At 152 meters (500 feet) long, it's also the longest building in Venice. For nearly two centuries, the building served ...Keep on reading: Venice landmark to open to the public for the first time in 500 years

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