Palazzo Ducale Vigevano

Str. Vignazza, - 27029 Vigevano - Pavia   see map - Contact
The monumental complex consisting of the Piazza Ducale and the Visconti-Sforzesco Castle, as we still see it today, is the result of works that lasted two centuries during the Milanese dynasties of the Visconti and Sforza families. In this period Vigevano reached its maximum splendor, becoming a ducal residence and a commercial center of considerable importance. The city developed like a "snail" around the Castle which represents one of the largest fortified complexes in Europe.

Palazzo Ducale Vigevano History

The Palazzo Ducale was built in the mid-14th century by Luchino Visconti in place of the early medieval "castrum" that served as a defense for the locals. From the beginning, the castle served as a court house.

Its transformation into the Doge's Palace began in 1345: it was above all Ludovico il Moro with the contribution of Donato Bramante that gave it the appearance of a Renaissance palace.

Thanks to the work of Lombard artists, the large halls were frescoed and beautifully furnished to welcome the ducal court, illustrious and sovereign characters. Some frescoes from the second half of the fifteenth century are still visible: the one in the Fresco Room which depicts a hunting scene, a favorite pastime by the Dukes of Milan, is of particular value.

Palazzo Ducale Vigevano

Time period
  • Middle Ages
Where
  • Italy, Pavia
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Palazzo Ducale Vigevano
  Str. Vignazza, - 27029 Vigevano

Palazzo Ducale Vigevano
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