Royal Villa of Milan
The Royal Villa of Milan (Italian: Villa Reale), also called Villa Belgiojoso, was built between 1790 and 1796 as residence of count Ludovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso. The villa was designed by Leopoldo Pollack in a neoclassical style with the main entrance on via Palestro, in front of the Indro Montanelli Gardens (known as the Gardens of Porta Venezia), for the strategical position near the Porta Venezia gate of the city.
In 1920 the Royal Villa came under municipal ownership, while in 1921 became the seat of the Modern Art Gallery of Milan. In 1951 the royal villa was flanked by the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions, located in via Palestro next to the Modern Art Gallery.
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