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Monuments and Churches

  • Castello Sforzesco. The Sforzesco castle and fortress, which dates back to 1450, has wonderful interior courtyards, built in Gothic-Renaissance style and incredible halls, designed by Leonardo, and frescos painted by master painters such as Bramante. The Castle now hosts important art exhibitions.
  • Royal palace. The Royal Palace, in Piazza Duomo, dates back to 1100 and has been home to the most powerful men in Milan over the centuries, from the Viscontis to the Sforza family, the Spanish governors and Austrian rulers. Several temporary art exhibitions are held inside the building today.
  • La Scala Theater. A Temple to Opera music, built at the end of the 1700s over the remains of the Church of Santa Maria della Scala, from which the theater then took its name. Some of the greatest names in opera have made their debuts in this theater: Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Puccini and, in 1839, Giuseppe Verdi.
  • Columns of San Lorenzo. This is the only monument that dates back to the Roman era, which has managed to survive up to the present day. These sixteen columns that stand opposite the Basilica of San Lorenzo are all that remains of an ancient Roman temple, that probably dates back to the 2nd century.
  • The Duomo. The most outstanding example of Gothic-Lombard architecture, the Duomo dates back to 1300. Built on the wishes of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, this imposing religious building, second only to St Peter's Cathedral in Rome, houses almost 3500 statues that are spread over an area of almost 12,000 square meters. The rooftop of the Duomo offers a magnificent view of the city and on clear days one can see the Alps to the north.
  • Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio. This is the symbol of Milan's religiousness. It was built in 379 A.D. in the Romanesque-Lombard style, and was consecrated by the famous Bishop Ambrogio, who lent his name to the Ambrosian Church. Inside there are valuable artifacts and works of art that tell the story of about 1600 years of Milan's history.
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie and "The Last Supper". This church was built in the second half of the fifteenth century. It was only completed years later by "il Bramante" on the wishes of Ludovico il Moro. The famous architect designed the wonderful apse, the cloisters and the old sacristy. Leonardo da Vinci painted "The Last Supper" in the refectory, which is one of the most famous works of art ever painted.

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