The Fort: Architectural Inspiration
The structures that surround BGC condos for sale might seem familiar to many people. That’s because the attractions at the Venetian Mall is heavily based on some of the most famous buildings in the world: the San Marco Campanile (Campannile di San Marco in Italian), the bell tower of the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco) which stands in the Piazza San Marco in Venice; and the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian). The sight of these structures might make you think, ‘what makes these buildings so impressive?’ The answer may lie in the combination of architectural styles used by the architects who designed them. Domenico I Contarini designed St. Mark’s Basilica, and Bartolomeo Bon, Filippo Calendario, Andrea Bregno, Antonio Abbondi, and Giovanni Bon designed the Doge’s Palace.
Domenico I Contarini (unknown-1071), who designed St. Mark’s Basilica, was the 30th Doge of Venice (Doge ni Venezia). A Doge is the highest public official, or Chief Magistrate, of the Most Serene Republic of Venice (Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia), who lived in the Doge’s Palace. Both the Republic of Venice and the Doge were abolished in 1979. Contarini was a builder of monasteries and churches, and some of the other churches he built were San Nicolò di Lido and the Sant’Angelo di Concordia. Just before his death in 1071, he had commissioned the restoration and expansion of St. Mark’s Basilica, which was completed in 1092.
Bartolomo Bon (1407-1464), one of the people who worked on the Doge’s Palace, was an Italian sculptor who worked on the Porta della Carta, which connects St. Mark’s Basilica to the Doge’s Palace. Filippo Calendario (1315-1355) was another designer who worked on Doge’s Palace, however, he was executed for treason in 1355 by hanging. Andrea Bregno (1418–1506), another Italian sculptor, was one of the supervisors for the architecture of the Doge’s Palace. Giovanni Bon (unknown-1442), an Italian sculptor, also did work on the Porta della Carta.
All of these people, Contarini, the Bons, Calendario, Bregno, and Abbondi, all used the same kind of architecture, the Venetian Gothic. This kind of architecture took inspiration from three other styles, the Gothic, which is a late medieval period style used on many well-known churches, castles, and palaces; Moorish, from the Moorish cultures from Iberian peninsula and the Maghreb used on many castles and monuments in Spain, Portugal, India, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia; and the Byzantine, which was the architecture used by the Eastern Roman Empire, and was used to build churches, monasteries, strongholds, and even bathhouses in other countries that was reached by the style.
Styles of different peoples
These architectural styles all have distinct features that were combined to create the Venetian Gothic. Lancets, which were tall narrow windows, were borrowed from Gothic architecture; voussoirs, ogee, horseshoe arches from the Moorish architecture; and domes from the Byzantine architecture. St. Mark’s Basilica all had these features, while the Doge’s Palace has some.
The attractions at the Venetian Mall echoes the view and feel of the styles these buildings were built with. It fills you with awe and wonder that they were built hundreds and hundreds of years ago, and they wouldn’t have had existed without the genius of the architects who designed them, and the workers who worked on them. It may be easy to build them now because of all the technology man has at their disposal, but what about then? If you think that this type of architecture is incredible, then you’ll be pleased to know that it was revived in the 19th century in Britain, North America, and Australia by some notable architects who decided who experiment with it.
Live, work, play, learn
The condominiums at the Fort Global want you to experience the romance and beauty of Venice, Italy, right at the heart of Manila, in the busy, fast-paced metropolis of Bonifacio Global City with structures that are reminiscent of the grandoise of European art without sacrificing the convenience of living in the city. BGC is perfect for those to want to maintain an active, lively lifestyle and want to have everything at arm’s length. Leisures, such as the Venetian Mall, education, such as the world-class academic institutions in The Fort, work, such as the CyberPark, are only a short distance away. Come to The Fort Global, where you can live, work, play, and learn all you want.
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