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Sforzesco Castle.
Historical background

Along with the Cathedral - Milan's most famous and much beloved monument - the big Castle is linked to the vicissitudes and dramatic events that the city has been experiencing over the past centuries. For many years, in fact, it has represented a symbol of the power in the hands of the Dukes, as well as of the foreign dominators. Only at the beginning of the 20th century the Castle assumed its distinctive role, becoming a place of culture, which hosted numerous Lombard art collections. The Castle was named after Francesco Sforza, who transformed it into a ducal residence in 1450. But its origins date back to the second half of the 14th century, at the time of Galeazzo II Visconti.

The Visconti castle
      The Visconti Domination

Demolition of the castle

The castle reconstructed by the Sforza
      The Sforza Domination

The ducal residence

The French and the Spanish at Court

The Spanish star-shaped fortification

The Austrian barracks

The castle and the 'Foro Bonaparte'

The Restoration period and the Risorgimento

A castle for Milan



Castello Sforzesco - Piazza Castello   20121 MILAN