From Venice to Hormuz and Vice Versa

The Mediterranean Otherness of Venice
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Marco Frascari
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• In 1271, Marco Polo--then 17 years old--and his father and uncle sailed from Venice to Acre (now Akko), a port in Palestine. From there, they rode camels to the Persian port of Hormuz, which is now in Iran. The Polos wanted to sail to China from Hormuz, but the ships available there did not seem seaworthy. The travelers continued by camel across the deserts and mountains of Asia.

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When Khan asks why Polo never mentions Venice, Polo says, "Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice. . . . To distinguish the other cities' qualities, I must speak of a first city that remains implicit. For me it is Venice.“
Italo Calvino Invisible Cities [p. 86]

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Gentile Bellini

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Gentile Bellini

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Gentile Bellini

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Gentile Bellini

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Phrygian Cap and Corno Dogale

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Palazzo Ducale Doge’s Palace

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Crusader Architect

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CA’ DARIO
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Palazzo ZEN

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‫ﻥنﺩدﻕق‬

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FONDACO DEI TURCHI

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Calle and Barbacani
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Campo dei Mori

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Altane

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Windows San Mark

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Windows San Mark

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Sgarbo and Garbo

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CIAO
The word derives from the Venetian phrase sciào vostro (in Italian schiavo vostro) or s-ciào su literally meaning "I am your slave".

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