Castello Visconteo in Vogogna

Without a doubt, it is one of the most important and best-known symbols of the Val d’Ossola: Castello Visconteo (Visconti Castle) stands in the ancient Ossola town of Vogogna, in Bassa Ossola, and is a true gem that has been handed down to us from a distant past in perfect condition.
It was built in 1348 for Giovanni Maria Visconti, who ordered to join other constructions, such as Palazzo Pretorio and the Rocca (Fortress), to the original nucleus of the castle. The whole complex of the Castello Visconteo was originally intended as a military garrison defending the whole of Bassa Ossola and, in particular, the town of Vogogna, which became, precisely at that time, the capital of Ossola Inferiore (Lower Ossola), in opposition to Domodossola, capital of Ossola Superiore (Upper Ossola).
The architectural structure of the Castello Visconteo is simple, and it has an irregular floor plan, which has arrived at the present day with evidence of the various stages of building, also adapted to the specific lie of the land.

The central body, ending to the west with a semicircular tower and with a square tower to the east, is protected externally by a long town wall. The semicircular tower, used up to the beginning of the 20th century as a prison, is almost 20 metres in height and is divided inside into five floors. Its Guelph battlements served to defend the rampart walk and support the sloping roof. The square tower is the oldest part of the Castello Visconteo in Vogogna and its two halls now house a multimedia centre.
Inside the central body of the Castello Visconteo has three floors, originally used as living space: as proof of this, there is a fireplace in every hall.
In 1798, the Castello Visconteo became the property of the Municipality of Vogogna, and was turned into a prison; subject to progressive deterioration, the Castle was permanently closed in 1970. Only recently, as from 1990, initial major restoration work began, and was finished in 1998 with the inauguration of the external courtyard and garden.
The Castello Visconteo in Vogogna, after a second stage of restoration completed in 2001, is now one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in the Val d’Ossola, as well as a venue for important exhibitions and expositions, with a conference hall and multimedia rooms.

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28845 Domodossola (VB)
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