Museum Castelgrande

Bellinzona

UNESCO-Castelgrande in Bellinzona 2

UNESCO-Castelgrande in Bellinzona 2

Bellinzona, Ticino (Svizzera)

Bellinzona, Ticino (Svizzera)

Ducal fortresse (XIV) restored by the architect Aurelio Galfetti in 1980-1991.

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The site on which Castelgrande stands is rich in history and archaeological findings unearthed during excavations in 1984-1985 confirm that the site was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic period (5500-5000 B.C.) and though to Roman times. Excavation in 1967 brought to light evidence of the first fortification which dates from the 4th century A. C. Documents dating from the 6th century also mention the existence of this first defensive construction.

Archaeological section: presentation of the 6'500 years of human presence on the hill, from the first Neolithic village to the 20th century. Coins, which testify to the presence of a mint. Artistic section: centred around tempera painings on paper (circa 1470).

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