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The north side in the direction of the Mercerie is closed by a 150-meter long building and ends at the clock tower, which I'll discuss in a separate file. The building dates back to the beginning of the 1500s, and today houses offices and shops including the historic showroom of Olivetti, a design jewel. It's called "Procuratie Vecchie" because it once housed the residences of the "procurators", or those who were responsible for the construction and maintenance of St. Mark's, along with their families.

On the other side, on your left, you have the symmetrical structure of the Procuratie Nuove, which were built at the end of the 1500s as an ideal extension of the nearby Marciana Library. The three rows of arcades are like the practical construction of an architectural treatise inspired by classical antiquity: you can see Doric style on the ground floor, Ionic style on the first floor, and Corinthian style on the second floor.

If you look at them carefully, you'll notice that the Procuratie are not entirely parallel, but narrow down at the end. The short side, which was built in a Neoclassical style in the early 1800s, is called the Procuratie Nuovissime or Napoleonic Wing.

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