THE AUSTRIAN BARRACKS
In 1706, as Eugenio di Savoia invaded Lombardy for emperor Joseph I of Hapsburg, Milan went to the Austrians. As already during the Spanish domination, the Castle continued to be used as a soldier barracks to host foreign troops.
Under Maria Teresa (who ruled from 1740 to 1780) and Joseph II of Hapsburg (from 1780 to 1790) Milan was transformed into a typical 18th century city. Today, in the courtyard known as the Piazza d'Armi, not far from the 'Torre di Bona', there is a statue of Saint John Nepomuceno by Giovanni Dugnani recalling the Austrian domination.