|Doge of Venice|
|Reign||24 August 1722 – 21 May 1732|
|Born||29 August 1662|
|Died||21 May 1732 (aged 69)|
Born into one of the most important families (the House of Mocenigo) of the Venetian aristocracy, he was a famous Doge of the Republic of Venice in the 18th century, when the power of Venice started to decline. He dedicated his political life to defending Venetian possessions in the Balkans from the Ottoman Empire. When the second Ottoman siege of Corfu occurred in 1716, he was mainly responsible for strengthening Venetian fortifications that successfully resisted the attack.
In 1696 he was named Provveditore generale di Dalmazia until 1702, then again from 1717 to 1720. During his second tenure, he managed to extend Venetian Dalmatia into the hinterland, taking the areas of Signo, Imoschi and Vrgorac. These gains were confirmed in the Treaty of Passarowitz, and the new border with the Ottoman Empire was named Linea Mocenigo (Mocenigo Line) after him.
Two years later he was elected Doge: he reigned for ten years until his death in 1732.
Mural monument in CorfuEdit
He is memorialised on a 1728 Venetian monument affixed to the Defensive Wall of the New Fortress of Corfu Town, displaying above the Lion of Saint Mark (the symbol of Venice) and the arms of Diedo. It is inscribed in Latin as follows:
- D(eo) O(ptimo) M(aximo)
- Aloysius Mocenico Venetiarum Dux
- Marcus Antonius Diedo Moderat(o)r Supremus
- Georgius Grimani Classis Praefectus
- Haec Primus Jussit
- Alter Disposuit
- Tertius Noctudiurno Labore Brevit(e)r Absolvit
("To God, most good, most great, Alvise III Mocenigo, Duke of the Venetians (i.e. Doge); Marco Antonio Diedo (or Marcantonio Diedo), Supreme Governor (Venetian Provveditore Generale da Mar 1728-31 ("Superintendent General of the Sea")); Giorgio Grimani, Commander of the Fleet; the first ordered this (i.e. the Wall); the second planned it; the third, by labour day and night, quickly completed it").
- Map of Linea Mocenigo Archived 2014-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
-  Linea Mocenigo (in Italian)
Giovanni II Cornaro
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