THE PALAZZO DUCALE
The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) got
its present form after radical changing during the 14th
and 16th century. It was the Doge's residence
and at the same time seat of many different political and
social institutions. The first floor was occupied by
minor institutions, such as the Avogaria or lawyers offices, where law cases were
examined; the Chancellery;
the Censors and Provveditori della Milizia del Mar (Naval Offices) which oversaw the care and equipping of
The Grand Council chamber, the largest room of the palace, the Ballot chamber, where the committee met to elect the Doge, and the Doge's apartments are located on the second floor.
The Sala del Collegio, where foreign ambassadors were received, and rooms used by the state security service like the Council of Ten are located on the third floor. The Bussola chamber is a small room with a box where citizens could submit written complaints against other citizens. The Sala dei Tre Capi (Three Chiefs Room) was used by three components of the Council of Ten, who kept that place only for one month. The State Inquisitor Room was used to interrogate prisoners.