Emperor's Palace Ruins

Milan, Italy

The Emperor's Palace in Milan was founded in about 291 AD by emperor Diocletian. Here Constantine and Licinius issued the Edict of Milan in 313 AD.

Residential and ambassadorial sectors, private baths and the circus, where the Emperor appeared solemnly to his subjects, and victory in chariot races became symbolic of Imperial victories, took up an entire sector of the city. The only visible traces of this vast polyfunctional quarter, which stayed in use perhaps up until the tenth century, are the remains of an ambassadorial building which had central heating; many archaeological remains are probably to be found under the buildings around Via Brisa.

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Address

Via Brisa 16, Milan, Italy
See all sites in Milan

Details

Founded: c. 291 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

More Information

www.turismo.milano.it

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Al wee (5 months ago)
One of Milan's not so famous historical sites
Simy S (6 months ago)
Resti di un palazzo di epoca romana che contribuiscono ad arricchire le testimonianze visive della lunga storia milanese. Li si trova in via Brisa e a due passi dal museo archeologico in cui sono visibili anche alcuni resti del circo romano. Se si decide di visitare il museo, passare da questa zona è un attimo e arricchisce l'esperienza.
Joe Rodrigo (17 months ago)
Stop #2 on the WalkMI route (9 stops in total). Enjoy! Pro Tip: the WalkMI route will take you past or near some pretty interesting cafes, enotecas and gelaterias. So you know you won't be left thirsty!
Francine Gillis (19 months ago)
Interesting find in Milan, Roman ruins of the 2nd century Roman Empire
Patrick Vroomen (20 months ago)
Ruins of imperial palace. Ruins look like remamains of a cathedral.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Hochosterwitz Castle

Hochosterwitz Castle is considered to be one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles. The rock castle is one of the state's landmarks and a major tourist attraction.

The site was first mentioned in an 860 deed issued by King Louis the German of East Francia, donating several of his properties in the former Principality of Carantania to the Archdiocese of Salzburg. In the 11th century Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg ceded the castle to the Dukes of Carinthia from the noble House of Sponheim in return for their support during the Investiture Controversy. The Sponheim dukes bestowed the fiefdom upon the family of Osterwitz, who held the hereditary office of the cup-bearer in 1209.

In the 15th century, the last Carinthian cup-bearer, Georg of Osterwitz was captured in a Turkish invasion and died in 1476 in prison without leaving descendants. So after four centuries, on 30 May 1478, the possession of the castle reverted to Emperor Frederick III of Habsburg.

Over the next 30 years, the castle was badly damaged by numerous Turkish campaigns. On 5 October 1509, Emperor Maximilian I handed the castle as a pledge to Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg, then Bishop of Gurk. Bishop Lang undertook a substantial renovation project for the damaged castle.

About 1541, German king Ferdinand I of Habsburg bestowed Hochosterwitz upon the Carinthian governor Christof Khevenhüller. In 1571, Baron George Khevenhüller acquired the citadel by purchase. He fortified to deal with the threat of Turkish invasions of the region, building an armory and 14 gates between 1570 and 1586. Such massive fortification is considered unique in citadel construction.

Since the 16th century, no major changes have been made to Hochosterwitz. It has also remained in the possession of the Khevenhüller family as requested by the original builder, George Khevenhüller. A marble plaque dating from 1576 in the castle yard documents this request.

A specific feature is the access way to the castle passing through a total of 14 gates, which are particularly prominent owing to the castle's situation in the landscape. Tourists are allowed to walk the 620-metre long pathway through the gates up to the castle; each gate has a diagram of the defense mechanism used to seal that particular gate. The castle rooms hold a collection of prehistoric artifacts, paintings, weapons, and armor, including one set of armor 2.4 metres tall, once worn by Burghauptmann Schenk.