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The Palazzo Ducale di Modena has been the seat of the Este court between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries; later, from the unification of Italy, the Palace houses the prestigious Military Academy of Modena. The building, one of the most important princely palaces of the seventeenth century, was built in 1634 on the site of the Este castle, in the Middle Ages was placed at the city limits: following the widening of the walls built by Duke Hercules the castle came to occupy a symbolic location between the medieval center of the town and the new straight quarters of the ducal capital. The works, initially entrusted to the architect Gaspare Vigarani, were later carried out by Bartolomeo Avanzini; but it seems that the project has undergone the supervision of Gian Lorenzo Bernini: the great architect seems to have participated in the creation of a work that nevertheless reveals a unified style, a baroque solemn and elegant.

Piazza Grande with the Cathedral “Il Duomo” and its tower The Ghirlandina has been declared since 1997 world heritage.

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ACCADEMIA MILITARE
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accademia militare ingenieri (10)
accademia militare ingenieri (9)