Military Wednesday - Venice Arsenal

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Wednesday, Oct 27 2010 by

The Venetian Arsenal was a complex of state-owned shipyards and armories clustered together in Venice, northern Italy. Its construction began around 1104, during Venice’s republican era. It was the largest industrial complex in Europe prior to the Industrial Revolution, spanning an area of about 110 acres, or about fifteen percent of Venice. Surrounded by a 2 mi (3.2 km) rampart, a gated community 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.

Venetian Arsenal (Google Maps)
Venetian Arsenal

Entrance to the Arsenal Venice (Birds Eye)
Entrance to the Arsenal Venice
Italian submarine Enrico Dandolo (S-513) (Birds Eye)
Italian submarine Enrico Dandolo (S-513)

WWII personnel bomb shelter (Birds Eye)
WWII personnel bomb shelter
Historic Venetian rope making facility (rope walk) (Birds Eye)
Historic Venetian rope making facility (rope walk)