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A perspective on the main gateway to the Sforza Castle in Milan, Italy.

Castello Sforzesco is situated in a position that was once on the city walls, at least at the height of the city's development in 1450-1500. It was founded in about 1350 by Galeazzo II Visconti, extended by Gian Galeazzo Visconti (who also founded the Cathedral), greatly damaged by public uprising after the demise of the Visconti reign, rebuilt and extended by Francesco Sforza in 1450, and finally rendered one of the finest palaces of the Renaissance by Ludovico Sforza, from whom it takes its name.

The main entrance of the Castle is through a gate crowned by an elaborate tower, rebuilt during restoration in 1900-1905 by the architect Beltrami to approximately the original design by Filarete, 1452. The original tower was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1521.

The bas-relief of a man on a horse is of king Umberto I, king of Italy during the years of the reconstruction of the Castle. The clock further up features the "sun of justice" motif, one of the symbols of the Visconti family, later adopted by the Sforzas.

(Source: Hello Milano web site)

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