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The Venetian Arsenal is a large complex of shipyards and factories that build warships and merchant ships, as well as weapons and ammunition for the Venetian Republic. The complex was built in the twelfth century, but over time it was expanded several times.
At the height of its development, it was the largest pre-industrial production center in the world. The arsenal is unfortunately closed to tourists, it is only open for exhibitions or fairs, such as the famous Biennale d'Arte.
The Arsenal impressed on the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, who visited him in 1321, during a diplomatic visit. The vision of hell, in "Divine Comedy", is partly based on the poetic description of this building. In the wall around the complex is located the bust of the poet, commemorating his visit to the city.