History Of Venice

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Timeline of Republic of Venice

421 Venice is founded on 25 Mar, 421. Torcello is the first Venice island to be inhabited.
 434-451 Attila, King of Huns is defeated in the Battle of Chalons in 451. Notwithstanding his defeat, Attila invaded Northern Italy & Venice in 452.
568 Lombard invasion of Italy under King Alboin. Great numbers of refugeesflee from the Venice mainland to the nearby  lagoons  islands. There the refugees chose to remain under the Byzantines rather than submit to Lambards or barbarian rule.
697 – 1797 Lagoon settlements became an independent military unit or “Doge.” First Doge Ludovico Manin elected for life by the city-state‘s aristocracy. Doges were the leaders of Venice for 1,100 years 697-1797——————————————————————————————————————————————–
810 Charlemagne’s son Pepin became the major threat to Venice.  Pepin captured Malamocco and the reigning Doge fled to Rivo Alto or Rialto. It was this small settlement that was to become the capital of the independent Venetian Republic later.
1256–1270 War of Saint Sabas

Palazzo Ducale means the Doge’s Palace


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