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Arsenale della Repubblica

Largo Cesareo Console, 3 | angolo Via Camera, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
+39 089 871170
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The ancient shipyard, monument to Amalfi's sea power, is surprisingly well preserved in its unique medieval form. Its impressive elegant architecture, modelled from stone and mortar, consist of two parallel aisles covered by a double series of separate cross-vaults, supported by ten pillars. The museum of the Compass and of the Maritime Duchy of Amalfi documents and illustrates the great history of the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi. The museum's collection illustrates the evolution of nautical navigational instruments, among which is the compass, "invented", according to tradition by the Amalphitan Flavio Gioia, in 1302. The compass revolutionized navigation techniques, thereby opening up ocean rautes to the "New World". "The City-State", founded in839, remainded politically independent until 1135. Artefacts and relics represent the fundamental historical factors which permitted and preserved Amalfi's political autonomy,its social progress based on the rule of law and its economic prosperity:. The Translation's body of the Apostle St. Andrew from Constantinople to Amalfi, is re-evoked in a precious miniature of the Pontificalis ad usum ecclesiae salernitanae 492 and by the rare chronicle edited in 1656 by Andrè Du Saussay, Andreas frater Simon Petri deu de Gloria S.Andreae Apostuli. Exhibits of Roman and Medieval sculpture, ancient parchments, codices and manuscripts, statues in tufa, portraits of personages who belongs to the "Mythology of Amalfi", cartographic illustrations of the entity of the Duchy of Amalfi, artistic costumers of merchants and Ladies, knights and sailors, standard bearers and ambassadors, the duke and his bride, created according to the original model-designs of Roberto Scielzo (1955), all enable the visitor to relive one of the most exceptional moments in the history of Italy.
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Largo Cesareo Console, 3 | angolo Via Camera, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
+39 089 871170

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Reviewed 14 September 2015

The museum contained well presented historical items without being too much of a catalogue! Most interesting location and use of the old shipyards. The Amalfi The Musical was presented in one of the Cavernous yards and was an extremely imaginative production using the unique space...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 15 June 2015

An interesting set-up describing the history and some artifacts of how/where warships were built for the Amalfi navy. Located in one of the actual build bays. Worth the 2 aeuro

Thank willgero
Reviewed 29 April 2015

If you are walking around lovely Amalfi in the rain or in the very hot sun, you may seek a quiet shady shelter for an hour or so. You could do no better than this amazing piece of Amalfi history. Large sea-faring war boats were...More

Thank Simon F
Reviewed 7 December 2014

Entry fee was 2,5 or 3 euro so it was not a big investment. While it is not big and some of the displays aren't well explained there is some good information about the building itself and the Amalfi Kingdom.

Thank Jim413
Reviewed 28 November 2014

Attended the Amalfi Musical here!!! Very enjoyable place as well as historical. This landmark was a fitting place for a historically based musical.

Thank Gale W
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The arsenal is great and has an interesting history. Amalfi has loads of history. Yet little of it is in the museum. And what is there is poorly organized and explained. It could be so much better.

Thank Carl B
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

This museum was interesting, and the architectural building itself beautiful, however there just wasn't a lot in it. There are a lot of reproductions - and they covered a lot of topics - but we would've liked more on the ships themselves, and more detail...More

1  Thank TravellingtoParis
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Amazingly well preserved historical site used for building ships in the middle age. Made completely out of stones with a very interesting architecture. The site could be used much better. Currently it´s hosting a musical (very nice) and a museum (not worth the visit). Apparently...More

Thank merceizquierdo
Reviewed 8 June 2013

A trip to this small but important museum in the heart of town is a must for anyone who has an interest in anything other than pizza and shopping. Amalfi was an independent republic and a seafaring power when most of Europe was hiding out...More

1  Thank fantasticv0yage
Reviewed 29 May 2013

We found this museum very interesting. You lean about the history of the Republic that was Amalfi before it became part of Italy (in the 1800s), it was quite a powerhouse of trade. You only need about 40 or so minutes to see everything but...More

1  Thank Lasa88
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