Procuratie Vecchie, Venice

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The Procuratie (English: Procuracies) are three connected buildings along the perimeter of Saint Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Two of the buildings, the Procuratie Vecchie (Old Procuracies) and the Procuratie Nuove (New Procuracies), were constructed in the sixteenth century by the procurators of Saint Mark, the second-highest dignitaries in the government of the Republic of Venice who were charged with administering the treasury of the Church of Saint Mark as well as the financial affairs of state wards and trust funds established on behalf of religious and charitable institutions. The Procuratie Nuove on the southern side of the square housed the official residences of the procurators whereas the Procuratie Vecchie on the northern side always contained apartments that were rented by the procurators as a source of revenue. Both the official residences and the rental apartments were built above arcades with space on the ground floor that was rented out for stores, workshops, and later coffeehouses, including the historic Caffè Florian, Caffè Quadri, and Caffè Lavena.


The Procuratie Nuovissime (Newest Procuracies, also known as the Napoleonic Wing) was built during the second period of French occupation (1805–1815) when after the fall of the Republic of Venice, the Procuratie Nuove was transformed into the residence of the viceroy of the Kingdom of Italy. Today, much of the Procuratie Nuove and the Napoleonic Wing house the Museo Correr.


In Split, Croatia, the three-sided 19th-century Republic Square ("Trg republike"), called "Prokurative" by locals, was loosely modelled on the Procuratie.
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  • This set of buildings lining the North side of Piazza San Marco from the Torre dell’Orologio to the Napoleonic wing were built in the 12th century as 2 stories. They are the oldest of the Procuratie.....  more »
  • This stunning structure surrounding the famous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) is really quite impressive  more »
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  • This is part of the St. Mark's Square. Former administrative buildings are going to be renewed. Keep an eye on new openings! Some great cafes are situated here and it is next to clock-tower.
  • One of the originally preserved sides of piazza San Marco: amongst the most known squares in the world!

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