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La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale

The Arsenale is the largest pre-industrial production centre of the world. Its surface occupied 46 hectars, and it would host up to 2000 workers a day in full swing. It is an important place for Venice, not only because the Serenissima fleet was built there, but also because these shipyards, depots and workshops were the symbol of the military, economical and political power Venice had back in time. Its first unit dates back to the beginning of the 13th century, and was developed on the Darsena Vecchia sides. At the beginning of the 14th century the first extension was realised by buiding the Darsena Nuova and, in the following century, the Arsenale underwent other transfromations