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In 1801 Napoleon ordered the demolition of the fortifications for Milan's Castello Sforzesco. This left a large space for the piazza Sempione, now a suitable site for a monumental construction to serve as a triumphal entrance to the city. Begun in 1807 in honour of Napoleon, the arch was not finished until 1838 for the occasion of the coronation of Ferdinando I as King of Lombardy-Venetia. The work of neoclassical architect Luigi Cagnola, inspired by Settimo Severo's arch in Rome, the structure features three colossal Corinthian columns with an arch made of granite from Baveno and adorned with marble from Crevola di Ossola. It is surmounted by the famous 'sestiga della pace' -- the work of Abbondio Sangiorio -- and by four statues of victorious men on horseback.
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“sempione park” (15 reviews)
“beautiful arch” (12 reviews)
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Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
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"sempione park"
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"beautiful arch"
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"castello sforzesco"
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"peace arch"
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"from afar"
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"big park"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great time atSforzesco Castle and then walked out back to see the grounds. This monument reminded me of the Brandenburg Gate. Interesting similarities on theme and construction

Thank Patricia D
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a city gate of Milan as peace symbol since 19th century. Located in the middle of round field. We can reach the place by using tram, subway or by bus. Many restaurant and cafe surround area

Thank Asep H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like this peace of Art it is a nice place to take souvenir picts a spacious PLace that sometimes organise Concerts in After you pass a huge green Park But be carefull when you cross the park ppl selling Drugs in there and you...More

Thank Mehdi B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Castello Sforzesco and when you walk through one of the exits, you can see the Arco della Pace in the distance. I was there quite early in the morning, so only joggers and dog walkers around. There were a few beggars, but...More

Thank andyh67186334
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

arco della pace is nothing but an arch. there is a beautiful park next to it where you can go for a stroll, advising you to go in the morning time to avoid crowd.

Thank Aditya S
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Lovely adventure , we went up the tower , cost only €5 each , views were fantastic and 5 minutes shot past , then we had a great meal in one of the restaurants surrounding the Piazza Sempione.

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Walked to the Arc from the castle through the park - approx a 10 minute walk. Stunning architecture. Access to the trams and the metro is close by. Would recommend a visit to see the Arc of Peace.

Thank Megan W
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Having walked from the Milan cathedral through the shopping areas and as you enter the park you are met with the magnificent site of the Arco della Pace. Breathtaking and magnificent to say a few words. Plenty of seating areas to sit and enjoy the...More

Thank kilsythladdie
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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Guarding the Sempione Park, the arch was started by Napoleon after his victory here. It is now another landmark in this beautiful city.

Thank Andr_Petr
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

A beautiful building that has another awesome backdrop! I definitely recommend to see! It's worth it!!!

Thank januse9
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