The Procuratie are three ancient buildings surrounding St. Mark’s Square in Venice and currently housing offices, souvenir and retail shops as well as restaurants including one of the oldest coffee shops in the world, the Florian.  I took this photograph in one of the passageways of the Procuratie Vecchie, which is the oldest of the three buildings dating back to the 12th century. These buildings provide us a glimpse of old Venice when it was a major financial and maritime center around the Renaissance and the Middle Ages. I initially noticed the roughened look of the passageway from the chipped vaulted ceilings and eroded walls to the washed paint and crooked lines creating a beautiful ugliness to the place. I can only imagine how beautiful this passageway must have looked back then…today, all we have left to enjoy is its faded beauty.

6 Comments on “FADED BEAUTY

  1. How beautifully you captured this passage. I was there not long ago and thought how wonderful the contrast was with the light against the crumbling and aged concrete. I didn’t get a photo (and I’m not a photographer anyway) but when I saw this, I sighed. Thank you.

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  2. On my only visit to Venice, I took a photo of one of these shop windows underneath this passage of faded beauty. There is history and beauty everywhere, even in the most unlikely of places.



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