Arco della Pace

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Arco della Pace, Milan (2013)
The Arch of Peace in Milan (etching, after 1811)

The Arco della Pace ( Arch of Peace) is a triumphal arch on the Piazza Sempione in the area of ​​the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. As early as 1806 , a wooden arch of honor was set up for the entry of Eugène de Beauharnais , Napoleon's viceroy . A successor made of stone, built in the classical style based on the model of Roman triumphal arches, was started in 1807 and completed in 1838. It was intended first to commemorate the fame of Napoleon and then the European Peace of 1815 .

The 25 m high structure planned by Luigi Cagnola for the monumental design of the Porta Sempione was already about two-thirds completed when the Italian kingdom of Napoleon fell and work was stopped. They were not continued until 1826, under Emperor Franz I , and the work was dedicated to the peace of 1815. After the death of Luigi Cagnola (1833), Francesco Londonio and Francesco Peverelli took over the building. Emperor Ferdinand I was present at the opening ceremony.

On June 8, 1859, four days after the Battle of Magenta , the victorious Franco-Italian troops entered Milan here. The dedication inscriptions were changed on this occasion.

On the architrave bronze plastic peace goddess on a six-horse-drawn chariot ( Sestiga della Pace ) of Abbondio Sangiorgio flanked by riding Victories of Giovanni Putti. Numerous marble reliefs celebrate events from the Wars of Liberation from 1813–1814. The statues and reliefs were created by Pompeo Marchesi , Camillo Pacetti , Benedetto Cacciatori and Francesco Somaini , among others .

Individual evidence

  1. Schomann, p. 230.
  2. Information on the individual reliefs can be found in a table on the Italian Wikipedia under Arco della Pace .


  • Heinz Schomann : Lombardy. Art monuments and museums (Reclam's art guide vol. 1,1), Stuttgart: Reclam, 1981, pp. 230-231.

Web links

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Coordinates: 45 ° 28 '32.6 "  N , 9 ° 10' 20.6"  E