National Geographic : 1915 Jun
THE WATER FRONT, SHOWING THE DUCAL PALACE IN THECENTER This magnificent building facing the lagoon proclaims the rich history of Venice. The foundationofthe city's Eastern supremacy was laid by Doge Enrico Dandolo in 1204. It continued to grow in influence as the supreme naval power until the discovery ofthenew searoute around the Cape of Good Hope to India. Yet "the arts, which had meanwhile been silently developing, shed aglorious sunset over thewaning glory ofthe mighty republic."