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The many meandering canals of Venice and the city’s history as the capital of the Venetian Republic, which existed for more than 1,000 years, are the subject of this exploration of the famous Italian city’s past.

From the 7th-17th century, the Venetian Republic amassed an enormous amount of wealth through trade, allowing it to develop into a naval power that captured and controlled municipalities far from its capital’s shores. Venice itself became a cultural haven, rich in architecture, art and literature, all of which continue to make the city the tourist mecca it is today.

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