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This huge monumental complex was built approximately at the beginning of the 15th century in a nerve center of the city: in fact, along these foundations, there was one of the main landing places for boats that brought materials and goods to Venice. The first certain date of the building's existence dates back to 20 October 1531, as Sanudo testified in his Diaries, and is reported in a decree of the Serenissima that authorized the start of the restoration of the place to avoid the collapse of part of the roofing.

The reasons that led to the construction of this building are clear: there was the need to deposit huge quantities of salt in special warehouses - called Salons - particularly robust in the perimeter load-bearing structures able to withstand the enormous weight of the accumulated product.

The façade has a single storey and developed in length, with nine large portals surmounted by as many crescent windows; above is the word Emporio dei Sali.

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