Venetian Arsenal, Venice

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The Venetian Arsenal is a complex of former shipyards and armories clustered together in the city of Venice in northern Italy. Owned by the state, the Arsenal was responsible for the bulk of the Venetian republic's naval power during the middle part of the second millennium AD. It was "one of the earliest large-scale industrial enterprises in history".
Construction of the Arsenal began around 1104, during Venice's republican era. It became the largest industrial complex in Europe before the Industrial Revolution, spanning an area of about, or about fifteen percent of Venice. Surrounded by a 2mi rampart, laborers and shipbuilders regularly worked within the Arsenal, building ships that sailed from the city's port. With high walls shielding the Arsenal from public view and guards protecting its perimeter, different areas of the Arsenal each produced a particular prefabricated ship part or other maritime implement, such as munitions, rope, and rigging. These parts could then be assembled into a ship in as little as one day. An exclusive forest owned by the Arsenal navy, in the Montello hills area of Veneto, provided the Arsenal's wood supply.
The Arsenal produced the majority of Venice's maritime trading vessels, which generated much of the city's economic wealth and power, lasting until the fall of the republic to Napoleon's conquest of the area in 1797. It is located in the Castello district of Venice, and it is now owned by the state.
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  • The visit of the Arsenale Basin is a special experience if prepared by a minimum knowledge of the history of the Serenissima, one can therefore understand the meaning of the existing structures and imagine the work of the Arsenalotti, precursor Of the current chain work. The suggestive environment is best enjoyed at sunset
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  • Be sure to see how many lion statues you can discover! The history is amazing ... to impress a visitor, a wooden warship was built in a day....  more »
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  • What an experience. The place was deserted because winter and it was fascinating and creepy at the same time. You can imagine people living and working here, everything screams "the workforce is living here, this is our place" when you are in Venice, go here
  • This is military zone. :) First you need to know. You are allowed to take photos only from outside but you will not get entrance inside, maybe only as the school group? Beautiful and colorful place. still kept in good condition and worth to walk all over from Venice centrum.
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