Arsenale di Venezia
The Arsenale was the largest production center in the pre-industrial era and in full-time periods it had up to 2,000 workers a day. It was a huge complex of construction sites where the Serenissima fleets were built and, therefore, a symbol of economic power, politics and military of the city. Since 1980 the Arsenale has become the exhibition site of La Biennale on the occasion of the 1st International Architecture Exhibition. Later on, the same spaces were used during the Art Expositions for the Open section.
The Venetian Arsenal is a complex of former shipyards and armories clustered together in the city of Venice.
It was "one of the earliest large-scale industrial enterprises in history" and the biggest area of the city of Venice covering almost 15% of the territory. Here were build the war ship for the Venetian Republic, averaging 1 boat a day.
In the Arsenale we have several pavillions that function as event venues.