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It was built, starting from 1396, thanks to the will of Gian Galeazzo Visconti as a family chapel. The monastery was completed in 1452 and the church in 1473 in the rich Renaissance style that made it one of the most prestigious monuments of Italian art. The facade was built later on: the lower order by the Amedeo and Mantegazza brothers, while the superior order was concluded by Lombardo in the XVI century.
Castello di Zavattarello
Started in 1360 under the guide of the great engineer Bernardo da Venezia, it was completed in just 50 years.
It was built in square format, with four towers and a large moat that was filled by after arriving from the canal.
An enormous building for a city that, at that time, had only 20.000 inhabitants, it is now the seat of the Museums of the Risorgimento and Gallic Roman.
Castello di Varzi
The Renaissance construction was ordered by Ludovico il Moro and his brother, the Cardinal Ascanio Sforza, to the great engineers of that time. Among all the projects presented to Papa Innocenzo, the one by the architect of Pavia, Cristoforo Rocchi, was chosen; but he could not proceed since the Sforza passed the commission to the Bramante who was at his Court in Milan. Therefore, the construction is signed by Bramante.
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