Venice is an Italian city situated on a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who lived in the area in 10th century. It is thought to have been founded by refugees from the countryside fleeing Germanic and Hun invasions. Its strategic position at the head of the Adriatic sea helped in its developing into a city state and a major naval and commercial power. It was an important centre of commerce and art from the 13th to the 17th centuries. By the late 13th century, Venice was the most prosperous city in all of Europe. During the 18th century, Venice became perhaps the most elegant and refined city in Europe, greatly influencing art, architecture and literature.
The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced wooden piles. Most of these piles are still intact after centuries of submersion. The foundations rest on plates of limestone placed on top of the piles, and buildings of brick or stone sit above these footings. The piles penetrate a softer layer of sand and mud until they reach a much harder layer of compressed clay. During the 20th century, when many artesian wells were sunk into the periphery of the lagoon to draw water for local industry, Venice began to subside. It was realised that extraction of water from the aquifer was the cause. The sinking has slowed markedly since artesian wells were banned in the 1960s.
It is an extremely beautiful city with setting, architecture and art all contributing. The lagoon, that stretches along the shoreline, and parts of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site. Venice has a rich and diverse architectural style, the most famous of which is the Gothic style. Venetian Gothic architecture is a term given to a Venetian building style combining use of the Gothic lancet arch with Byzantine and Ottoman influences. The style originated in 14th-century Venice, where the confluence of Byzantine style from Constantinople met Arab influence from Moorish Spain.
This 3d map of Venice, at a scale of 1:5000, is centred on the Canal Grande. It is a single plaster tile measuring 30x30cm encapsulated in a perspex frame. The model can wall hang or be displayed on a desk or table top.
|MATERIAL||Plaster, acrylic box frame|
|DIMENSIONS||12in high, 12in wide, 2in deep & 6.5lb approximately.|
|REINHARD from GERMANY||January 13 2019|
|The pictures arrived today with me. I am very excited! The pictures are really fantastic! Thank you very much.|
|NICK ARMATA from BOSTON, MA USA||January 10 2019|
|Just got my model in the mail, such a great addition to me shelf! Not to mention the shipping was ridiculously fast for shipping halfway around the world! Thanks for providing such a great product, the only issue is which model to get next!. You guys are great; keep up the great work!|
|TRACEY NEWLOVE from SOUTH WALES||January 04 2019|
|The cityscape I order from you arrived safely and on time in Atlanta and son and daughter-in-law were delighted with their Christmas present. Our daughter-in-law is an illustrator and graphic designer and she loved the craftsmanship. You were a delight to do business with. Thank you.|
|STEPHEN WALKER from ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE||December 27 2018|
|We are delighted with the model of Venice. I was impressed by the model itself but you did a good job with the packaging too, the very fragile plasterwork arrived in good shape. I opted the unpainted option as the bright blue of the grand canal looked a bit garish. Presentation is good with the perspex cover. Just mulling over weather to leave it as is or figure out how to hang it on the wall. Thanks again, regards Steve Walker|
|MARCO from CANADA||December 27 2018|
|Happy Christmas guys, fantastic as always, pride of place on the fir place.|
|Eric Doctorow from Palm Springs||December 20 2018|
|Will you be making more Flatiron Building models?|
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