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  Il Castello di Milano (Sforzesco Castle)
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  • Il Castello di Milano (Sforzesco Castle) - Milan
      Il Castello di Milano (Sforzesco Castle)
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  • Il Castello di Milano (Sforzesco Castle) - Milan
      Il Castello di Milano (Sforzesco Castle)
    by Diana75
  • Il Castello di Milano (Sforzesco Castle) - Milan
      Il Castello di Milano (Sforzesco Castle)
    by Diana75
 

Dating from the 14th century, the Milan Castle or Castello Sforzesco in Italian is one of the greatest monuments of the Renaissance period.

The building of the castle was commissioned by Galeazzo II Visconti and it was extended by his successors, Gian Galeazzo, Giovanni Maria and finally by Filippo Maria, who had it altered and improved in order to become the permanent residence of the Visconti dynasty.

In 1450, Francesco Sforza took possession of the Castle and began the reconstruction in order to create a fortification.

During the Spanish domination (16th-17th centuries) the castle underwent further transformation becoming a military fortress.

With the join of the Lombardy to the Regno di Sardegna, the old castle became a barracks and in 1880 was sentenced to complete destruction, but in 1893 the architect Luca Beltrami began a radical reconstruction.

Although it was damaged once more during the last war, Castello Sforzesco was restored and became a museum.

Address: Piazza Castello
Directions: Cairoli Metro Exit
Phone: 02 8846 3700
Website: http://www.milanocastello.it

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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