Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco, also known as Castello Di Porta Gioia, is a 15th century castle built by Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. Napoleon ordered the demolition of the castle in 1800 and a year later the Spanish bastions and towers were destroyed. The castle was then rebuilt by Luca Beltrami between 1891-1905. Today, the castle houses several museums including:

1. The Museum of Ancient Art: Houses several of the Sforza family’s paintings and sculptures from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period.

2. The Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco: Has over 1.500 works of art created between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries.

3. The Museum of Musical Instruments: Contains curious instruments from all over the world.

4. The Egyptian Museum: Showcases several objects from Egypt, including statues, mummies, sarcophaguses and death masks.

5. The Archaeological Museum of Milan: Contains objects and items from the main cultures that lived in Lombardy from the Neolithic to the Romanization period.

6. The Applied arts Collection: Displays the work of pottery makers, sculptors, upholsterers and weavers.

7. The Antique Furniture and Wooden Sculpture Museum: Features antiques dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.


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