The Venice Arsenal (Italian: Arsenale di Venezia) is a shipyard and naval base that played the leading role in building the naval power of the Republic of Venice. It was one of the most important areas of Venice along with the sestiere of Castello.
A Byzantine style structure may have existed in the area around the 8th century, although the current structure probably began to build in 1104, as there is no proof of a precise date. It definitely existed in the early thirteenth century and is mentioned in Dante’s work The Divine Comedy. The name probably comes from the Arabic Dar al Sina’a (dock, shipyard) being the concept as clearly Islamic as Byzantine.