Doge’s Palace Armory


Doge’s Palace Armory

Doge’s Palace Armory, also L’Armeria, houses one of the world’s most impressive and beautiful collections of historical weapons and armor.

Located in Venice, Italy, the armory was built in the 15th century to house the armaments of the city’s ruling Doge family.

Over the centuries, the arsenal has grown and flourished, collecting a vast array of weapons from all over the world, including swords, crossbows, halberds, and firearms. 

Aside from weapons from different eras and backgrounds, the collection includes famous armor suits from the 15th and 16th centuries.

The monogram CX, short for “Council of Ten,” was inscribed or painted on these.

Around 2000 pieces are kept in the armory as Doge’s Palace Exhibition, with the following standing out

  • Gattamelata, the armor of the famous leader Erasmo da Narni.
  • a miniature armor, most likely intended for a child or dwarf.
  • the magnificent armor of French King Henry IV of Bourbon, which he donated to the Republic of Venice in 1604.
  • the box of the devil, a treacherous death trap that hides a four-barrelled gun that fires when the box is opened, a collar full of nails inside to torture the victims.

    It also has an iron screw to crush fingers and an iron key that hides a poisoned dart triggered when turned.
  • A large sword used in the Middle Ages in St. Mark’s Square for public executions.

Today, it stands as a testament to the military and cultural history of Venice and a must-see tourist attraction.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply looking for a unique experience, the Doge’s Palace Armory is sure to leave you in awe.

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