Palazzo Ducale, Modena

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The Ducal Palace of Modena is a Baroque palace in Modena, Italy. It was the residence of the Este Dukes of Modena between 1452 and 1859. It currently houses a portion of the Italian Military Academy.HistoryThe palace occupies the site of the former Este Castle, once at the periphery of the city. Although generally credited to Bartolomeo Avanzini, it has been suggested that advice and guidance in the design process had been sought from Pietro da Cortona, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini.The Palace has a Baroque façade from which the Honour Court and the Honour Staircase can be accessed.In 1696, Marcantonio Franceschini was commissioned to create a frescoed ceiling for the central Sala d'Onore ("Hall of Honour") for the marriage of Rinaldo d'Este to Princess Charlotte Felicity of Brunswick. The Salottino d'Oro ("Golden Sitting Room"), covered with gilded removable panels, was used by Duke Francis III as his main office.Modern useThe Palace currently houses the Italian Military Academy, the Military Museum and a library.
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  • Very beautiful building. It was the palace of the Duke, now is a navy academy. The square and the fountain next to it is also very beautiful.  more »
  • Lovely building. We didn’t go inside as it was Sunday and closed but it is a very impressive palace!  more »
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  • We did not visit the acetera but only the ducal palace externally, these days there was the motor valley festival
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