Architecture sights in Venice
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A gilded 1690 palace that formerly housed a school for Venice’s Armenian community recently opened its doors to scholars and guests for a nominal fee. Accommodation is spare but the palace’s trompe l’œil frescoed ceilings are splendid, and its overgrown formal garden among Venice’s largest and loveliest.
The striking neo-Gothic hulk of the best-known factory complex on the island, the Mulino Stucky, was built in the late 19th century and employed 1500 people. It shut in 1954, and languished along the lagoon until 2000, when it was narrowly saved from the wrecking ball by the Hilton Hotel chain. The Molino Stucky Hilton has 380 rooms, a conference centre and a fabulous lounge by the rooftop pool. The original facade has been preserved and it’s beautifully lit at night – who knew a factory could be so romantic?