The Palazzo Morosini in the Castello sestiere has a beautiful gothic courtyard, which unfortunately is inaccessible to the general public. The building is now a high school.
The building is located between the Rio San Giovanni in Laterano, and the Barbaria de le Tole on the land side. On the canal side it has a private bridge to an entrance to the building, and a cast iron gate to the older courtyard, while a modern gate on the land side leads to the main courtyard.
The main attraction of the Palazzo Morosini is the older courtyard, which is, however, not visible from the outside.
The Gothic Courtyard
The parts of the palace around the older courtyard are at least from the 1400s, which is evident from the architecture. The flamboyant Gothic is typical of the 1400s and there are very few Byzantine elements which might indicate an earlier date.
A modern inscription in a corner of the courtyard implies an earlier date, though. It states that doge Michele Morosini (1308-82) lived there. I have not found that claim repeated elsewhere, but as Michele Morosini is buried in the nearby Church of SS Giovanni e Paolo, it is not unrealistic.
Within the Gothic courtyard a magnificent outside stairway, supported by a series of pointed arches, leads to the piano nobile. External stairs to the piano nobile is a typical trait of medieval Venetian architecture.
The piano nobile features a fairly rare corner window.
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