"Palazzo Ducale, Part I" Palazzo Ducale Tip by von.otter
Palazzo Ducale, Modena: 12 reviews and 32 photos
?The course in the military school at Modena is two years. No mathematics is taken by the cadet, except what is included in the subjects of physical and natural sciences.?
? from ?A Cyclopedia of Education? 1913 Edited by Paul Monroe
Francesco I, Duke of Modena, invited the Baroque architect Bartolomeo Avanzini from Rome and commissioned a new court palace from him. Building work on the new Palazzo Ducale, which now houses Accademia Militare di Modena, started in 1635. Using Avanzini?s original design, other Baroque architects, such as Francesco Borromini, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pietro da Cortona, contributed to the plan.
The palace, elegant and imposing, is made-up of a long three-storey fašade topped by a marble balustrade decorated with sculpture that depict the Virtues, as well as other characters from the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Three imposing towers, two at either corner and the highest and architecturally most complex at the center, divide the building into two sections. The clock (see photo #3), still in use today, was installed in the upper portion of the central tower in 1756.
Address: Corso della Accademia Militare
Phone: 059 225671
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