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Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Architect: Giovanni Candi. San Marco 4303, Venice. Fifteenth century. According to Wikipedia, “Giorgio Spavento is believed to have been responsible for the addition of the grand spiral staircase on the exterior in 1499,” which is known for its “external multi-arch spiral staircase known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (literally, ‘of the snail’).”

Left: the entrance to the palazzo and the base of the staircase. Two right: a views of the staircase and another arcade.

Three details of the steps, a capital, and the carved top of the column at the center of the spiral staircase.

Left: A detail of the staircase columns and railing. Right: St. Mark’s and the Campanile seen from the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.

Last mnodified 17 April 2018