The Arsenal of Venice it is a very large part of the island city of Venice, in Italy, and was the heart of the Venetian naval industry starting from Twelfth century.
It is related to the most flourishing period of the life of the Serene: thanks to the impressive ships built here, Venice managed to counteract the Turks in the Aegean Sea and to conquer the northern European routes.
From the 6 February 2013 the property of the Arsenale has passed from the state property of the Italian State to the City of Venice. There Italian Navy is present in the Arsenal with its Institute of Maritime Military Studies and the Naval History Museum.
The Arsenale of Venice has anticipated the centuries modern factory concept, intended as a production complex in which skilled workers perform in succession the individual assembly operations of an article, along an assembly line and using standard components. Represents the most important example of large production complex centralized structure of the economy preindustrial.
Surface it extended over an area of 46 hectares, while the number of workers (i "Arsenal") reached, during periods of full production, the average daily quota of 1500-2000 units (with a peak of 4500-5000 enrolled in the Book of workers), that is from 2% up to 5% of the entire population of the era (about 100.000 inhabitants).
The large rooms of the Corderie dell'Arsenale they are used as one of the exhibition venues of the Venice Biennale, as well as for some small shipbuilding activities and other minor activities.