Arsenal Of The Maritime Republic

Amalfi, Italy

The structure of the arsenal consists of two large stone-built halls with vaulting supported by repeated pointed arches. The vaulting rests on ten piers, originally there were twenty two, the missing twelve and the structure they supported having been lost to centuries of coastal erosion. The main function of the arsenal was the building, repair and storage of warships. Amalfitan war-galleys were among the largest to be found in the Mediterranean during the Early Middle Ages.

The building now contains architectural and sculptural remains, a row-barge used in the Historical Regatta, a number of models of ships and it also acts as a venue for visual art exhibitions. Starting from December 2010, the Ancient Arsenals of Amalfi host the Compass Museum on the premises of the two aisles of the building, which were spared by the Amalfi seaquake of 1343.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Museums in Italy


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Ian Wickenden (8 months ago)
Nice building on the inside, but lacking anything interesting you haven't already seen a dozen times in any local museum around the world.
Bruce (9 months ago)
Worth a visit. Had expected maybe to see some naval cannons etc since it was an arsenal, but the exhibits on display are interesting.
Orlando Guerra (2 years ago)
A free museum to visit directly across from the bus stop of Amalfi! Don’t miss this chance to learn about the history of Amalfi and get a chance to escape the crowded streets and beaches!
Debbie West (2 years ago)
Crowded. But beautiful. Came in by boat. Traffic could be worse but it's only 11am.
Schauffaussen Igor (2 years ago)
Nice city
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