Palazzo Reale - Museo Duomo, Milan

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    Palazzo Reale

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    The Royal Palace, known as Old Town Hall, was the Milan city hall starting from 1138, although its present appearance is in the neo-Classical style due to a transformation during the 18th century. The Palace became residence of the Visconti family in 1310 and the seat of the Visconti's Ducal Court. In the following centuries lots of modifications were made on it as a result of the transformations commissioned by its various owners, such as Sforzas, the Spanish governor and Archduke Ferdinand of Austria.
    During the WWII, the interior of the palace was completely devastated by the 1943 bombardments.
    Nowadays the palace houses the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral Museum which is situated in the left wing of the palace.

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    by ettiewyn Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Palazzo Reale is a large building next to the Duomo. It is actually much older than it seems: It was first constructed in the 11th century! Many changes were done in the 13th century and its history was quite varied: After it was used as the local government, it was the residence of the Sforza family, the Dukes of Milan. It then became Milan's first permanent theatre, and in 1737, Mozart gave a concert here (still being a child). Forty years later, the building burnt down and reconstructed soon after in classical style, and many changed were again done under Empress Maria Theresia. In 1920, Vittorio Emanuele III gave it to the city of Milan, today it belongs to the city and there are several museums inside.

    We did not visit the interior of the palazzo, but had a good look from the outside. You also have a nice view of it from the roof of the Duomo, as you can see in picture 4. For more information on the museums, please check the link below.
    As you can see in picture 4, there was a wedding at the palace when we walked along!

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    Palazzo Reale

    by Flamegirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Aside from being an important historical building in its own right, the "Royal Palace" is now one of the largest exhibition spaces in Europe and is always holding shows that are worth checking out.

    It always advertises current exhibitions on a banner above the door; alternatively more information can be provided by the Tourist Office next door (see my general tip).

    For details in English about the history of the Palazzo Reale, see (www.discountmilano.com/tour/Secoli/PalazzoDucale). For the Italian website (invluding opening hours etc) see link below.

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    Palazzo Reale

    by lina112 Written Aug 2, 2008

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    The Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) is located on the Piazza del Duomo opposite the Il Salotto di Milano (Milan's Drawing Room). The palace hosts two of Milan's best museums: the Contemporary Art Museum (Civico Museo d'Arte Contemporanea) and the Duomo Cathedral Museum. It was the site of the ancient city council and the original building was the residence of Torrigiani, visconti and Sforza Family.

    Situado en el lado sur de Piazza Duomo, el Palazzo Reale fue, en 1138, la sede del Viejo Ayuntamiento. El edificio original fue la residencia de las Familias Torrigiani, Visconti y Sforza. Se transformó en 1771-78 gracias a Giuseppe Piermarini y durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial el Palacio fue bombardeado. Han sobrevivido solo las salas más bellas y la Sala delle Cariatidi, que recuerda una tumba. Hoy se usa como museo y centro de exposición.

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    by Mikebond Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    What we know as Palazzo Reale today is the re-construction in Neo-Classical style led by Giuseppe Piermarini in 1772-78. At that time, Milano was an Austrian city and the palace was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire.
    The building was severly damaged by the 1943 bombing and is consistently being restored.
    It is actually impossible to visit the palace, because it is permanently destinated to art exhibitions. However, if you visit one or more exhibitions, you can see some rooms, especially the Sala delle Cariatidi ("Caryatids room").
    I visited two exhibitions: Canova alla corte degli Zar, showing sculptures from Sankt Peterburg's Hermitage museum (including Canova's masterpiece The three Graces), and L'arte delle donne, featuring paintings by artist women from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Although the former let me admire some beautiful rooms of the palace, I enjoyed the latter much more.
    Whenever you go to Palazzo Reale, more than one exhibition will be ongoing (when I went, there were two more exhibitions), so you will hardly find an excuse not to visit it.

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    Museo del Duomo (The Museum of the Dome)

    by Diana75 Updated May 22, 2006

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    Museo del Duomo is housed by the left wing of the Royal Palace and was founded in 1953.

    The museum has twenty rooms in which are displayed sculptures, statues and works of art belonging to the Dome, such as: the statue of San Giorgio with the face of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the original of "Crucifix of Ariberto d'Intimiano", the "Altar-frontal of the Passion" from the first half of the fifteenth century and a "Disputation of Jesus in the Temple", painted by Tintoretto.

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 13:15 and 15:00 - 18:00.

    Admission fee:
    EUR 6.00
    EUR 3.00 residents over 65, students, groups.

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    Palazzo Reale

    by Diana75 Updated May 22, 2006

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    The building of the Royal Palace is located in square on the southern side of the Dome.

    The building of today, in neo-classical style with two side wings, is the result of the radical modifications made by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini in 1771-1778, when Milan was under Austrian domination.

    Inside the Royal Palace is richly decorated with statues, frescoes and plasterworks and is housing today the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    The palace was completely devastated in 1943 and since then important reconstruction works have been carried out.

    Even today the facade of the Palace was completely covered and only its left wing that is housing the Cathedral Museum can be admired.

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 17, 2005

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    The cathedral museum is located in the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), which looks a little run down from the outside, for centuries home to the Visconti and other rulers of Milan. It charts the history of the Duomo from it's 14th century origins (and also the pre-existing church that was once on the same site) right up to it's completion some 500 years later in 1886. Among the exhibits are 16th and 17th century wooden models of the cathedral and many of the original medieval sculptures - including figures thought to be Gian Galeazzo Visconti and Galeazzo Maria Sforza. There are also stained-glass windows, paintings, tapestries and a pair of very elaborately carved choir stalls.

    Open: 10am-1.15pm, 3-6pm daily.

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    by Polly74 Written May 12, 2005

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    What used to be the Royal Palace is one of the most beautiful architectures of the Milanese 18th century. The original building which stood here had been the home of the Visconti and of the Sforza families and, later, residence of the Spanish and of the Austrian governors. During the last period of Austrian role, architect Giuseppe Piermarini - the same who designed La Scala - transformed it in 1771-78, giving it the appearance it still has today.

    The Palazzo Reale was hit by bombs during World War Two and lost its splendid neoclassical interiors. Only the most beautiful of its halls, the Sala delle Cariatidi, survives in its half demolished state so that it may serve as a grave reminder against the ravages of war. This hall is often included in the great exhibitions that are set up in the palazzo, and its effect is indeed striking.

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    by antistar Written Jan 7, 2005

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    To the right of the cathedral as you look at it, on its south side, is the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) , a slightly scruffy, and relatively unimposing building which has been home to many of Milan's luminaries over the centuries since it was first built in 1138. It started life as the town hall, but then became the residence of families like the Torriani, Visconti and then the Sforza family, who were responsible for Milan's impressive castle. Inside the palace you will find a museum and an exhibition centre.

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    Other Great Milan Attactions That We Missed...

    by Goner Updated Mar 26, 2003

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    Museo del Duomo lies south of the duomo in Plazzo Reale (Royal Palace) which displays the progress of the building of the famous cathedral, as well as stained-glass windows, paintings, tapestries and elaborately carved choir stalls.

    There is a museum of modern art located on the second story of the Palazzo Reale.

    Milan's finest art collection is in the 17th century building in Palazzo di Brera.
    and...

    We were unable to see Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" on the refrectory wall of Santa Maria delle Grazie due to traffic.

    Next time...

    Statue at the Galleria Entrance

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