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Arsenale della Repubblica

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Address: Largo Cesareo Console, 3 | angolo Via Camera, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
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+39 089 871170
11:00 - 20:00
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The ancient shipyard, monument to Amalfi's sea power, is surprisingly well...

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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The space is amazing - very clean and new but in an ancient, large space probably used as storage from cargo ships. Nice displays in English as well as Italian but sparse as far... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2016
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

The space is amazing - very clean and new but in an ancient, large space probably used as storage from cargo ships. Nice displays in English as well as Italian but sparse as far as items. Nice Warhal pics of Marilyn Monroe.

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Palm Coast,Fl
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

This was the location for the AMALFI MUSICAL. It was the perfect setting to hear the story of Amalfi and I'd recommend going here to anyone visiting the area...;0

Thank BiancaPalmCoast_Fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2015

If you are interested in the history of Amalfi this is the best place to visit. €2 entrance.The staff speak English well but are not intrusive,just ask them if you want more information. We did the 5pm Amalfi Walk and Talk tour which begins there.Tour guide Michelangelo was excellent presenter of facts,myths and legends.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

A visit takes only a short time, but helps to put in context the power of this small city in a different time.

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Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

We were in Amalfi and decided to attend the presentation. Didn't know what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised by the professional caliber of the presentation. The atmosphere and music was excellent. Thoroughly recommend this to anyone visiting the area for a relaxing entertaining evening.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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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 well and using the most modern sound and visual effects.

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Cumming, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
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

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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 made inside this museum hundreds of years ago as part of the Republic of Amalfi... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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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
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Reviewed 29 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

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