5 Hidden Symbols of the Gondolas in Venice.
Have you ever taken a closer look at something and wondered if there was more to see? A hidden meaning, symbolism that encapsulates so much more than what’s at the surface. This is not lost when looking at the gondolas in Venice. Here are 5 hidden symbols:
- The curve of the metal decoration located at the bow mimics an 'S' which is in direct relation to the 'S' shape of the Grand Canal.
- The six districts of Venice are represented by the six prongs.
- The backward facing prong symbolizes Giudecca, the island in the Venetian lagoon.
- The flourish located at the top of the metal decoration is illustrative of the Doge's cap.
- Lastly, the arch located between the flourish and the six prongs is representative of the Rialto Bridge.
Plus a couple facts:
- Every gondola is 35'6" long and 4'6" wide with one side 10 inches longer than the other. This design is to compensate for the gondolier. Another fact is all
- All gondolas are black. This came about as a result of too many different coloured gondolas by the 16th century. It was deemed disorderly thus a law was introduced making black manditory.