The bucintoro was the state barge of the the Venetian doge. It was used every year on Ascension Day (the Festa della Sensa) up to 1797, the fall of the Venetian Republic, to take the doge out to the Adriatic to perform the Marriage of the Sea, the ceremony that symbolically wedded Venice to the sea. The bucintoro shown was the last and most impressive of the historic bucintori, making its maiden voyage in 1729 during the reign of Doge Alvise III Sebastiano Mocenigo. The ship was 35 meters long and more than 8 meters high.
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