What once began as a refugee settlement on wooden piles now has a worldwide sound of uniqueness and beauty. Venice.

Today, the lagoon city not only fights against the sea, as it has done since time immemorial, that once helped Venice to become great, always charging its price, even against a flood of tourists. While the waves hit the stakes at any time of the day or night, taking possession of San Marco Square from time to time, every morning tourist floods pour out of the opening bosom in the direction of Venice, flooding its streets only to be sucked back into its bus in the evening like a magical force – and then the spook seems to be over until it begins to repeat itself the next morning.

The piazza with the lion of St. Mark, the Rialto bridge – terms that immediately make an image appear in front of our inner eye. And then, of course, the carnival in Venice. They are iconic images that are conjured up when it is mentioned. Pictures of colorful, exciting costumes appear as well as simple, perhaps only two-colored variants. What they all have in common, however, are the masks that have become the unofficial symbol of the Venetian carnival and have spread throughout the world as such.

They take us back to a time long gone. Let historical figures like the legendary Casanova rise again. During a few days of the year, let the Doge reign again in his palace, where he was often ruler and prisoner at the same time. Back then, long before Napoleon, before the Austrians, when Italy was just a bold thought. When Venetian ships sailed the Mediterranean and made Venice rich. Today only a shadow may have remained of this wealth and splendor, the majority is history, but what is left behind still gives the lagoon city a radiance even in Italy, rich in such things, that only cities like Rome or Florence can compete.

PonderingTime photographer Davorin Wagner showed a selection of his photographs taken during the Venetian carnival a few days ago. However, this was only a part of his collection, which was so large that we had to decide to publish the photos in two parts.

And that second part we can now present to you at this point:

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