"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Walk Around Venice Part 2

DHL Venice
One of the most fascinating things about Venice is that everything that is normally done by truck almost everywhere else in the world is done by water. Above is DHL's solution to Venice waterways. 

Venice Bridge
There are also an enormous amount of bridges. Above is a photo of the large bridge that connects Piazzale Roma to the area by the Santa Lucia train station. This area is definitely worth a walk around. A hotel I once stayed out is across the water from here, the Hotel Carlton Grand Canal. 

Hotel Carlton Grand Canal

There is also an amazing Church right by the train station. I am so sorry I didn't go inside. It is the only all marble facade Church in Venice, and the interior photos I've seen now that I am back look incredible. It is the Church of Santa Maria di Nazareth. 

Detail of the Santa Maria di Nazareth Church at Venice
The entire facade is marble and very intricate. Gargoyles would love living here! More information on this beautiful Church can be found on wikipedia here.


  1. The Church facade is beautiful Reminds me a bit of one you posted from Portugal, maybe Lisbon?

  2. Yes, Heather ... thanks for remembering. It was the Portal from the Church that was destroyed in 1755 earthquake. All that is left is the Portal but they are similar. The Lisbon portal is much more decorative.