The shipyards of Serenissima


Docks in the Arsenale,  Venice,  November 2017


The Arsenale was the largest naval production center in the pre-industrial era, producing the extensive fleets of Venice. The site spread across 110 acres, around 15% of Venice,  housed as many as 2,000 workers a day during its peak.


The Gaggiandre, two arched shipyards built between 1568 and 1573, overlook a large internal dock.  The design work has been attributed to Jacopo Sansovino, an Italian sculptor and architect, know best for his works around St Mark’s Square, especially the Library of Saint Mark’s, the Biblioteca Marciana.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 January 2018

Posted as part of Weekend in B&W

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