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Arco della Pace

Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy (Magenta)
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Ranked #49 of 406 Attractions in Milan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Buenos Aires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Situated right behind Castello Sforzesco, yuo have to walk through Piazza Sempione to reach the Arc.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place is an overrated touristic spot. The place is great to see, but after 5 minutes you will have enough of this. I would only suggest to see it if you visit the castle not far away from it first. This is not as great as the Triumph Arch in Paris and it looks like a small copy.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is one of Milan's most famous monuments ... normally, tourists would only look at the Arch from the Castle side ... like in the background ... no ... you should walk all the way down the park until you reach the Arch itself ... then, you will start discovering the real Milano where the Milanese stroll and enjoy their... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Just go see it no more , it' s not far from castello sforzesco so usually plan it while you visit the castle

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Maldives
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

It seems like a copy of the Arc de Triumph in Paris but is still worth a visit. The arch in itself is pretty with a huge ground in front and attached to a big park.

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robinsville, nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Situated in Piazza Sempione, at the other end of the Park when coming from Sforza palace, it is remarkably quiet and serene. My husband was a bit disappointed by its size, as it seemed to be growing smaller the closer we got to it (the steps in Piazza Sempione go down toward the Arco)

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Hertfordshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Well worth the walk from the castle, through Sempione park and finish here, great place to sit and people watch

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Easy to find at the end or start whichever way you come of Parc Sempione which was the true highlight for us. Worth a visit and walk round.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Yes, you need to spend some time in front of this Arch. Its not as great as the similar one in Paris. From this place as well, the castle can be seen as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Wonderful piece of history and architecture and it's FREE to visit. Very similar in design to the Arc De Triumphe in Paris, this Arch of Peace was ordered and constructed by Napoleon and it still bears his name inscribed on the legend. Go and visit Castello Sforsesco and walk from there, through Park Sempione to the arch. A nice stroll... More

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