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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” (13 reviews)
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Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
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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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"brandenburg gate"
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"from afar"
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"big park"
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"great park"
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"impressive structure"
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"nice walk"
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"castle grounds"
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"people watching"
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"napoleon"
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"monument"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

After the castle, walk through the park and explore the arco. Very nice and plenty of seating to admire. Not busy so easy to see

Thank Brenton K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

i sw it recently during the Salone del mobile with an exhibition which was remarkable. lovely space, great views, very well arranged

Thank nicolas s
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked through Parco Sempione and Castello Sforzescoto get there. Highly recommend this route. Arch is nice but area surrounding makes it worth the walk (about 25 min. from where I stayed, south of Missouri satiation).

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful arch. Very historic. A must visit if you're in Milan. Take a nice stroll by it and think of the history

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Piazza Sempione. Must be seen. If you are in Milan you should not miss the opportunity to see this...

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

The Arco della Pace is located near the Castello and hence easy to walk to when visiting the Castello. The Arc is a nice piece of design and is definitely worth checking out

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 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 19 May 2018 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 14 May 2018 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 5 May 2018

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

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