Punta della Dogana – Venice ancient customs

Punta della Dogana – Venice ancient customs

The Punta della Dogana or Dogana de Mar, is located on Dorsoduro sestiere extremity, next after the church of Salute. This once marshy area, was reclaimed and fortified in the fourteenth century to become the main hub of goods coming to Venice by sea. The old customhouse in Castello sestiere was obsolete as the trade traffic from the East increased. The Dogana de Mar was planned to split out landing, check and storage operations according to goods origin. The palace isn’t one of the richest in Venice, but it offers some interesting features as the weathervane system placed on the roof where two atlases support a large sphere on which the goddess Fortuna shows the wind direction. One of the lion head carved on the outer walls, turns to Palazzo Ducale as reverence, could you find it?