Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento
A historical, artistic and architectural marvel to visit in Trento
The Castello del Buonconsiglio is a historical, artistic and architectural marvel, home to highly successful exhibitions and events.
The Castle was originally built with a solely defensive function and was the residence of the Prince Bishops from the thirteenth century until the secularization of the episcopate in 1803. Over the centuries the structure has undergone numerous modifications and implementations, transforming the original military aspect into one of the largest urban residential fortifications in Northern Italy.
Noteworthy is the famous "Cycle of the Months", one of the most relevant examples of international Gothic in Europe. It is a series of frescoes, dating back to around 1400, in which scenes of court and popular life are represented for each month.
The visitors are literally immersed in the middle of the Renaissance, surrounded by works of fine workmanship that demonstrate the technical depth of the artists who have left their mark here. In the 19th century the structure was used as a barracks for the Austro-Hungarian empire. During the First World War some irredentists were detained in its prisons, which can be visited today.
Since 1973 the Buonconsiglio has housed the Provincial Art Museum, called "Castello del Buonconsiglio, provincial monuments and collections", home to a permanent exhibition and numerous temporary exhibitions.
Fototeca Trentino Sviluppo S.p.A. Foto di Carlo Baroni