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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Stefano Nervo (16 months ago)
Un posto suggestivo ma non adeguatamente valorizzato. La mostra non rende giustizia né alla storia di Amalfi, né al luogo.
Antonio Carmando (19 months ago)
Una parentesi d'arte che va a completare quella cornice storica e pittoresca che è la città di Amalfi. A due passi dal terminal degli autobus, il Museo Arsenale, che un tempo era un cantiere navale, dove si fabbricavano e riparavano navi, ospita mostre di quadri e sculture di artisti locali e non. Oltre a questo c'è molto altro: di tanto in tanto si possono osservare magnifici spettacoli teatrali, per lo più musical, di ogni genere ornati dalle bellissime arcate storiche del sito (posto delle foto di questi ultimi per l'appunto).
Old Kakuli (2 years ago)
Extraordinary place to visit... with the coastline ... launching ships would have been difficult......Architecturally this is close to the Islamic style .. the pointed arches, the cross vaults and pillars... a similar building was recently revealed in Jerusalem... the Amalphitan hospital founded in 1063..
Roany Romano (3 years ago)
Perfect
Bartosz Radojewski (3 years ago)
Place is not to big and it takes short time to visit. Entry fee is a bit to high for the quality of attractions. All together not bad but not so impressive.
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