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Before the alphabet

The Exibithion “ Before the Alphabet – trip to Mesopotamia “ will be open to the public until April 25th by Palazzo Loredan in Campo San Stefano.

Promoted by the Fundation Giancarlo Ligabue, edited by Frederick Mario Fales, the exhibition traces the steps, starting from the 3,200 BC that  led to the birth of writing and therefore to the development of what we now call history. It was the Sumerians who perfected the writing-so called Cuneiform, favouring the development and diffusion in all Mesopotamia for over 3,500 years.

The exhibition features more than 200 common objects such as cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals but also sculptures, weapons, reliefs, vases and inlaid which allowed scholars to reconstruct the story of the people who lived in that time, from the  kings,  the scribes, priests to merchants. Flanked by multimedia reconstructions, the works on display allow visitors to immerse themselves in an ancient world between symbols and the myths of civilizations that are at the root of our culture, in the region where the Bible was paradise on Earth, today turned into a hellish theatre of wars, massacres and looting.


Where: Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Loredan, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice

When: until 25 October, Tuesday to Sunday

Store hours: 10-17 Monday closed


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In the most central part of the city and overlooking from its front the Basin of St Mark and only a short walk away from the Square. 

It is easily reachable thanks to the public transport that stop only few meters away from the entrance and also thanks to the private docking that we have, if you arrive by taxi.


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