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Fondaco dei Turchi is an excellent palace located on the Grand Canal and a former Turkish courtyard. The building was renovated in the 19th century and today houses the Museum of Natural History.
The palace with covered galleries was built in the Venetian-Byzantine style in the 13th century. The palazzo was built in imitation of the luxurious Middle Byzantine buildings of the city of Constantinople, and in turn became the prototype for the construction of many Venetian palaces.
The palace got its name in honor of Turkish merchants who rented it as housing and a warehouse.
Initially, the palace belonged to the city. It was here that a gorgeous welcome was given to the emperor who was staying in Byzantium, as well as many other famous guests of Venice. From 1621 to 1838, the palace changed many owners, who were mainly various wealthy families. Later the palazzo became the property of the Turkish community.
Fondaco dei Turchi, along with other sights of Venice, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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