Giant's Stairway (Scala dei Giganti)
The Palace entrance was through the monumental Porta della Carta. This palace was a highly functional building and each element had a precise purpose.
Starting from the Giant's Staircase in the Courtyard, so-called because of two huge statues of Mars and Neptune at the top symbolizing the Republic's authority over land and sea, is the work of Sansovino: it was here that the Doge's crowning took place, an important happening for Venice, celebrated with great pomp.
Climbing to the top the Doge received the doge's horn (corno ducale) and pronounced the Promissione, the promise, to defend and respect the Serenissima constitution for ever.