Dating back to 1895, this international exhibition for art, architecture, cinema, dance, music theatre and historical archives, and is a highlight of Venice's cultural calendar. Previous events have attracted almost 500,000 visitors.
The Giardini in the east of Venice, - since 1895 - has been the traditional venue for the international art pavilions. The rest of the exhibition is focused on the Arsenale, the immense dockyard that dates to the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, the Republic of Venice built its warships with impressive efficiency - it was said that an armed warship could be built in just 12 hours. This extraordinary shipyard isn't normally open to the public but - since substantial restoration works in 1999 - it is open for the Biennale, and for Venice's festival of traditional boats, held in May.
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