photo by Martina Zane
Here's a nice view of the famous entrance to Venice's Arsenale.
Her twin towers date back to the 16th century, when things were very different in the Mediterranean.
So much could be written about this facility and the role it played in the history of Venice, and the world.
Known by many names throughout history, the term "a city within a city" stands out as fairly accurate - the Arsenale employed thousands.
In the 16th century some 16,000 are said to have worked there.
Workshops produced all manner of things from various materials.
Warships were built here, using one of Europe's first assemblyline systems.
At the height of the Arsenale's efficiency, workers could produce an entire ship, fully outfitted and ready to go to sea, in 24 hours.
This was an amazing thing to see, and an frightfully intimidating thing when displayed to visiting heads of state.
These days the Arsenale sits mostly empty and quiet.
Like so many other icons of Venetian, her glory is faded but not forgotten.