Castello Sforzesco, Milan

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    Castello Sforzesco 3

    by penny_g Written Feb 15, 2011

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    The last king of the Visconti family, Filippo Maria, died in 1447. He had no legitimate heirs, so the citizens from Milan could proclaim a change of the regyme - the Republic. The fortress was destroyed and its stones were used to restore the town walls.

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    by penny_g Updated Feb 15, 2011

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    The old fortress called 'di Porta Giovia' was built in the period from 1360 to 1370 around Milan's medieval walls. It has been built by Galeazzo Visconti as a defence. The Visconti Castle had a square plan (180x180 meters). A tower was built in each corner.

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    by penny_g Written Feb 15, 2011

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    The Sforzesco Castle is a main attraction of Milan. It enjoys rich and long history during the past centuries. It was demolished, then rebuilt several times, embellished and restored to become a symbol of both happy and dramatic events that are to be found in the historical background of the city.

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    Castle Shows Power of Sforza

    by painterdave Updated Jan 31, 2011

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    You will enjoy visiting this castle structure, a rebuilt model of the Sforza Castle. The inside area is huge and offers many photo opportunities. There are museums in several different parts and a really nice museum shop.
    You really get a feel for the power of the ruler and when you know some of Da Vinci history you begin to see better how it fits with the times. Knowing how Da Vinci was supported by this ruler and what Sforza required of him helps you understand the result of Da Vinci's work. I would suggest a visit to a museum called Museo d'Arte e Scienza which has some nice exhibits on Da Vinci. This museum is located very near the castle.
    Below are some photos to show you the castle.
    Opening hours:
    open daily
    7.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. (in winter) | 7.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. (in summer)
    Free admission (except for castle museums)

    Now one gets in after dark View under arch shows depth of piazza inside One corner of the castle area Statue near one entrance One side of inner area
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    Historic Castle

    by Rixie Updated Nov 13, 2010

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    Castello Sforzesco dates back to the late 14th century and is named after Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, who turned the fortress into his residence. Today it houses several museums, including the Pinacoteca Museum of Art and the Museum of Musical Instruments.

    You can walk around the grounds of the Castello free of charge, but there are fees to enter the museums. Check the website for more information.

    I liked seeing the moat, now a deep, grass-covered ditch, and the huge portcullis at the entrance.

    Open daily 7-6 (winter) and 7-7 (summer). The museums are closed on Monday.

    Imposing entrance to the Castello Portcullis, Castello Sforzesco Inner courtyard The moat today - more pleasant than 600 years ago
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    Spectacular Castle & Fortress

    by AusPinay Written May 28, 2010

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    This ancient castle with its towering and imposing fortress is a great attraction near Milan city centre! The architectural features are amazing and they are well preserved too. You won't miss this as the highest tower is seen in almost all of Milan, at whatever area you are in!

    Aside from the huge tower, other features include lovely gardens andcourtyards, plus the stone structures which form part of the fortress of the castle.

    Our guide said it used to be the seat and residence of the ruling family of Milan and now houses several of the city's museums and art collections.

    The original construction on the site began in the 14th century. In 1450, Francesco Sforza began reconstruction of the castle, and it was further modified by later generations. A number of these rooms originally had elaborate internal decoration - the best known of these being the Sala Delle Asse with surviving ceiling paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.

    We later also viewed the painting of THE LAST SUPPER by Da Vinci!

    the impressive entrance arch(used to be a moat) imposing entrance to the castle signage around the castle grounds intricate stoneword
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    Visit the Sforzesco Castle

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 11, 2010

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    The Sforza Castle was very nice but very cold. Just imagine that it is surrounded and built with layers and layers of bricks. Of course, it gets really, really cold inside!

    I can't believe why rich people in the old days live in such a large place! Unbelievable.

    The castle has a museum inside but did not check it out. I just roamed around the castle and check out the buildings.

    Inside the castle My picture at  the middle of the castle's plaza The tower of the castle The side of the castle The castle's tower
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    Castello Sforzesco

    by MalenaN Updated Mar 27, 2009

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    Castello Sforzesco was constructed as a fortress by Galeazzo II Visconti in 1368. It was soon turned into a palace and during the 15th century the Sforza family made it one of the most magnificent palaces in Italy. Later it fell into decay and was almost torne down, but luckily the buildings were saved and restored. Today it houses several museums and it is a nice place to walk around in.
    The castle is open daily between 7 - 18 (19 in summer).

    I visited Museo Civico situated around Corte Ducale. It has got a large collection of paintings, furniture and other artefacts. Admission was 3.00 Euro (February 2009). The museums at the castle are open 9.00 - 17.30 on Tue - Sun. They are closed on Mondays.

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    The Renaissance of Castello Sforzesco

    by starship Updated Mar 25, 2009

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    Being lost sometimes has its benefits and finding the Castello Sforzesco in this way was one of them for me! I had briefly read about the castle before leaving on this trip. However, I never really expected to have the time to see it. While looking for the church of Santa Maria dell Grazie, the castle literally loomed up before me.

    The Castello Sforzesco was transformed into a ducal residence 1450 by Francesco Sforza, son of one of Milan's dynastic families. The castle's origins date back to the 2nd half of the 14th century during the time of Galeazzo II Visconti. Sforza's goal was to rebuild the castle and not only to restore it as a bulwark of defense but also make it a symbol of power and beauty in Milan. Sforza was considered one of the greatest, most honest and organized "condottieri" of Italy's great Remaissance soldier-heroes. After the unification of Italy, restoration was again conducted in 1833 and again after it was seriously damaged in 1943 during World War II.

    Today the Castello houses municipal museums containing art, antiquities, musical instruments and the highlighted "Salle delle Asse," a frescoed room some attribute to Leonardo da Vinci.

    The castle is open daily from 7am - 6 pm in Winter; 7am - 7pm in Summer.
    Admission to the castle ONLY is free.

    The castle museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 5:30pm.
    Regular full admission (2009): 3 Euros; FREE for children 18 & under;
    1,5 Euros for municipal employees, university students and selected other art students.

    Tower section of castello
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    Exhibitions in the Sforza Castle

    by csordila Updated Mar 22, 2009

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    After visiting the cathedral, I wanted to make a tour in the museums of the Sforza castle where the last masterpiece of Michelangelo, the unfinished Pieta Rondanini and a ceiling fresco by Leonardo, collections of antique furniture, historical musical instruments etc. can be found.
    It is a very pleasant walk from Piazza Duomo to the Castle, down Via Mercanti, Piazza Cordusio and Via Dante. In Via Dante, there are many cafés that make an agreeable break for a coffee, beer, ice-cream or aperitif depending on your mood.
    On arrival to the huge defense castle from the 14th Century, however, a written announcement at the entrance told me that they are sorry for it very much, but today the museums because of technical reasons cannot be visited. It was Sunday!
    Because of this I was walking in the park behind the castle only, what is very pleasant place to stroll. For € 3.00 from the top of the almost 100 m high Torre Branca you can see Milan from above and take some photos.

    Opening Hours Castle: every day 7am-6pm, (in winter) and 7am-7pm (in summer), free admission
    Opening Hours Museums: every day 9.30am-5.30pm, closed on Mondays
    Admission to the museums € 3.00 but from 4.30pm free

    Castello Sforzesco .....walking in the park The famous fountain Mermaids on the bridge Castle  from Torre Branca
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    Pietá Rondanini

    by lina112 Written Aug 1, 2008

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    Michelangelo´s final sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà revisited the theme of the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of the dead Christ, which he had first explored in his Pietà of 1499. The Rondanini Pietà was begun before the Deposition, although in his dying days Michelangelo hacked at the marble block until only the dismembered right arm of Christ survived from the sculpture as originally conceived.

    Es la última e inacabada obra en la que trabajó Miguel Angel desde 1552 y que en 1561 donó a Antonio del Francese. Sin embargo, siguió trabajando en ella hasta su muerte. Los cuerpos de la Virgen y del Cristo están apenas esbozados. Hay partes acabadas, como el brazo derecho de Cristo, y otras que no lo están, como el torso del Salvador, que está unido al cuerpo de la Virgen como si formaran uno solo.

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    Castello

    by lina112 Updated Aug 1, 2008

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    With its seven centuries of history, Castello Sforzesco has witnessed the glorious periods and dramatic moments of Milan. Defensie structure and ducal residence during the Visconti period, partially demolished during the Ambrosian Republic, the Castle was rebuilt by the new Lord of the city, Francesco Sforza and became the elegant setting for one of the most sumptuous courts of Eurpe during the reigns of Galeazzo Maria and Ludovico il Moro. Today it´s one of the most significant monuments of the city and of Lombardy, beloved by the Milanese and known to tourist throughout the world, not only as a notable construction but as a precious receptacle of genuine masterpieces and a study centre.

    Con sus siete siglos de historia, Castello Sforzesco es una muestra de los gloriosos tiempos y de los momentos dramáticos de Milan. Estructura defensiva y residencia ducal en época de los Visconti, fue parcialmente destruido en tiempos de la República Ambrosiana y reconstruido por el nuevo señor de la ciudad Francisco Sforza. Actualmente es uno de los munumentos más emblemáticos de la ciudad y de Lombardia. Muy apreciado por los milaneses y conocido a nivel mundial no sólo como principal edificio civil del Renacimiento sino también como sede que atesora auténticas obras maestras e importante centro dedicado al estudio.

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    Castello Sforzesco

    by Nemorino Written Jun 28, 2008

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    This a castle that has been destroyed and rebuilt several times in the past six and a half centuries.

    In its current incarnation it houses several museums, including two art museums and a Museum of Musical Instruments.

    Full price admission to the museums costs three Euros, but you can go in for free on Fridays, from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. - Tuesday through Thursday and on weekends, from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (admittance until 5 p.m.)

    The museums are closed on Mondays, even if the Monday happens to be a holiday.

    Second photo: Entrance to the museums.

    Third photo: Cellos in the musical instrument museum.

    Fourth photo: In the courtyard of the castle.

    1. Castello Sforzesco 2. Entrance to the museums 3. Cellos in the musical instrument museum 4. Courtyard of the castle
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    Castello Sforzesco

    by donpaul77 Written Apr 1, 2008

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    Castello Sforzesco is an expansive castle in Milan, dating back to the 15th century. It has been modified and restored over the years. It suffered great damage during WW2, but is now beautifully restored. It houses several museums and is often used for public and private events.

    It's also a nice visit because it is surrounded by several acres of public park, which is a great place for lovers, musicians and dog walkers.

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    Sforza Castle

    by slcook52 Written Oct 28, 2007

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    Walkable from the Duomo area through a nice pedestrian only street (Via Dante). The castle was built in the 1300's out of brick as a military fortress, later it became the Renaissance palace of the Sforza family. Later it was soldier barracks, today it houses museums. Cost only about 3 euro to see the extensive museum with the highlight being the unfinished pieta by Michelangelo (he died while working on this piece).

    unfinished pieta by Michelangelo
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