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Arco della Pace

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Address: Piazza Sempione, Milan, Italy
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Description: In 1801 Napoleon ordered the demolition of the fortifications for Milan's...
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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Started as Arch of Victory but ended as Arch of Peace

The arch was built in the early 19th century under the guidance of Napoleon, although its location can be traced back to Roman times. It was built at the Porta Sempione, a former... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

To get to the arc we walked through the big park, that looks stunning in this time of the year. A lot of fresh air and quiet places, we needed them a lot after all day walking around the city. Advice to go there, arc looks beautiful

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

At the far end of Sempione Park but visible almost as soon as you enter the park. An impressive arch to signify Roman rule of Milan and a good place to sit for a picnic.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There are many arches in the world, from Hyde Park in London to Arc de Triumph in Paris. The Peace arch in the northwest corner of Sempione park is a must see. It is in excellent shape and very well lit at night. The lighting gives off great detail and fantastic shadows. Photographers, I recommend upshots along the columns and... More 

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The arch was built in the early 19th century under the guidance of Napoleon, although its location can be traced back to Roman times. It was built at the Porta Sempione, a former city gate that was once part of the Roman wall that surrounded Milan. The design of the Arch of Peace was based on the Arch of Septimius... More 

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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place is one end of the Parco Sempione. A lovely place that would get you some fantastic pictures by the day and night alike. Exit to the street/boulevard across the arc and you could find some pretty good bars and restaurants that serve great drinks and food. The downside would be that you will need to walk a little... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is very like the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris. It is worth a stroll through the park to have a look.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We walked through the park and found this monument at the end. Not much to say its the same as every other Arc I've been to. There's nothing around it, but makes a nice picture.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a beautiful monument set at the end of an amazing park. Make sure you leave a good amount of time to stroll through the park. It's a special place. Even recommend taking a picnic and spending a few hours to enjoy the scenery. Plenty of park benches around. Would certainly recommend!!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The arch of peace appeared in the distance as we walked around the parkland from the Castello Sforzesco, so we made our way to see this monument. It was worth the walk as it stands almost majestically on its own.

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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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