Venice is an Italian city situated on a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who lived in the area in 10th century. It is thought to have been founded by refugees from the countryside fleeing Germanic and Hun invasions. Its strategic position at the head of the Adriatic sea helped in its developing into a city state and a major naval and commercial power. It was an important centre of commerce and art from the 13th to the 17th centuries. By the late 13th century, Venice was the most prosperous city in all of Europe. During the 18th century, Venice became perhaps the most elegant and refined city in Europe, greatly influencing art, architecture and literature.
The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced wooden piles. Most of these piles are still intact after centuries of submersion. The foundations rest on plates of limestone placed on top of the piles, and buildings of brick or stone sit above these footings. The piles penetrate a softer layer of sand and mud until they reach a much harder layer of compressed clay. During the 20th century, when many artesian wells were sunk into the periphery of the lagoon to draw water for local industry, Venice began to subside. It was realised that extraction of water from the aquifer was the cause. The sinking has slowed markedly since artesian wells were banned in the 1960s.
It is an extremely beautiful city with setting, architecture and art all contributing. The lagoon, that stretches along the shoreline, and parts of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site. Venice has a rich and diverse architectural style, the most famous of which is the Gothic style. Venetian Gothic architecture is a term given to a Venetian building style combining use of the Gothic lancet arch with Byzantine and Ottoman influences. The style originated in 14th-century Venice, where the confluence of Byzantine style from Constantinople met Arab influence from Moorish Spain.
This 3d map of Venice, at a scale of 1:5000, is centred on the Canal Grande. It is a single plaster tile measuring 30x30cm encapsulated in a perspex frame. The model can wall hang or be displayed on a desk or table top.
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We hand make all of our models. Chisel & Mouse is the combination of an artisanâ€™s approach (the chisel) with modern innovation and transformative technologies (the mouse).
By capturing life and its big ideas in miniature, the brand celebrates the beauty of our industrialised world.
Iâ€™ve just taken delivery. Its amazing, thanks again!
The two models arrived today safe and sound. They are excellent and we are very pleased with them.
THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH! I just received the gift for my husband. Fantastic service. I cannot wait for the surprise.Thank you.
My Shankly Gates arrived safe and sound earlier today and I bloody love them!A lifelong Liverpool fan and born and raised about fifteen miles away from where Shankly came from in Ayrshire so I'm a very happy boy! Thank you to you and your team for such a wonderful piece which I shall cherish.
Bought the Amsterdam â€˜Blue Riverâ€™ model. The quality is superb. Level of detail on the model is phenomenal, Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll be making a collection of these. Buy one you wonâ€™t regret it! Just an idea I would like to see some more UK cities added like Manchester, Leeds and Edinburghâ€¦
I THINK THAT A MODEL OF THE DE LA WARR PAVILION IN BEXHILL WOULD BE ENORMOUSLY POPULAR ( I NOTE THAT YOU HAVE DONE THE MARINE COURT IN ST LEONARDS - I LIVED IN HASTINGS AND ST LEONARDS AS A CHILD AND TEENAGER IN THE 50S AND 60S AND MY FATHER WAS DEPUTY BOROUGH ENGINEER WHO RESCUED AN ORIGINAL OAK DOOR FROM ONE OF THE MARINE COURT'S REFURBISHMENTS AND TURNED IT INTO AN OAK , SADLY NO LONGER WITH US, NEITHER NOR FATHER - TO MY MIND THE PAVILION IS FAR MORE ICONIC AND WE COULD DO WITH THE BENEFIT OF YOUR EXPERTISE TO A BEAUTIFUL MODEL OF THAT GLORIOUS PIECE OF ART DECO CONSTRUCTION). THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.
Thanks for your email. Beautiful workmanship! Very happy.
Just got my Carreras factory model and I couldn't be happier! I had visited it in person a number of years ago when I was in London and thought it was impressive in both scale and design. I have many pictures from that visit but it is great to have in a 3-D version that I see every day.
Please consider adding the iconic 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the centerpiece of New York's Rockefeller Plaza, and the brilliant statue of Prometheus directly in front of the main entrance. I believe these would be welcome additions to your outstanding offerings.
Received the Firestone Factory, Brentford model and it's as good as I had hoped for. If anything it's better! Thanks very much.