Milano - The Duomo
The Milanese Church
The Milano Duomo, symbol of antique culture, expressing the energy drawn heavily from its territory in over 500 years. A treasure chest, its history lives in the marble and through the work of the Fabbrica, that incessantly takes care of it from 1387
The beginning of the Duomo of Milan (1386-1387)
Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo made plans for a new Cathedral, to be built on the site of Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente.
The Duomo during the Visconti era (1387-1447)
Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Lord of Milan, set up the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo charging it with supervising the work of design, building and conservation of the Cathedral and decided to use Candoglia marble to construct the whole monument.
Architects, sculptors and workers from Central Europe arrived in Milan, attracted by the magnificence of the project.
The Duomo and the Borromeos (1560-1650)
Under the archbishops Carlo and Federico Borromeo the style of the Duomo was influenced by the Catholic Reformation, and examples of this influence are the ‘Quadroni’ or large paintings of San Carlo and the wooden choir.
17th-18th Centuries (1650-1800)
The crossing was completed with the main spire and the Madonnina statue crowning it.
19th Century (1800-1900)
In this period the facade and the ornamental elements were completed.
The historiated stained glass windows date from this period, but were made using enamel painted glass.
The Duomo in the 20th Century
This has been the period of major restoration work, in which the first archaeological excavations were made in the Cathedral Square.