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Details of gondola on a Venice canal
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The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day


RCIN 404417

The great Venetian festival of the Wedding of the Sea took place on Ascension Day. The Doge was rowed out of the lagoon into the Adriatic in his ceremonial galley, the Bucintoro, and dropped a ring into the sea symbolising Venice’s maritime power. Here spectators in smaller boats excitedly watch the return of the Bucintoro in clear spring sunlight

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