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[Photo Journal] Citadel of Sforza Castle

Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Sforza Castle in Milan

Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy


One of the places that my family and I visited last year while in Milan was the Sforza Castle. It is a gorgeous citadel with quite a number of museums inside. Hence, I am dividing this post into several parts. This one would just primarily feature the facade or the citadel itself.

According to this Wikipedia source:

It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. 

Still from the same Wikipedia source:

Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Extensively rebuilt by Luca Beltrami in 1891–1905, it now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections.

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” 
― Franz Kafka, The Castle

“This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven. At night the owls made of it an echoing throat; by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow.” 
― Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

That’s your fairy tale. This is your castle.
Now move in. Build a home. Build a house. Build a safety around things you love. 
It’s yours if you make it so.

Welcome home, sweet girl, it will be all be fine. 
― Charlotte Eriksson

“Living in a castle is objectively romantic.” 
― Lev Grossman, The Magician King

“Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.” 
― Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

There is no such thing as royal blood. I believe we are what we make ourselves, and as such, you, Crown Princess, are nothing.” 
― Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl

“All kings is mostly rapscallions, as far as I can make out.” 
― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

“A King will have his way in his own hall, be it folly or wisdom.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“You’re my princess, right? You were always going to be my princess, no matter what you were born, no matter who your dad married.” 
― Marissa Meyer, Winter

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Citadel of Sforza Castle

  1. Pingback: [Photo Journal] Sculptures in the Sforza Castle Museum – Gathering Books

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