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Piazza and Duomo di Milano, 1909.
Piazza and Duomo di Milano, 1909.

The Duomo di Milano is one of the most famous buildings in Europe. It is a particularly large and elaborate Gothic Cathedral (Duomo ) on the main square in the center of the city of Milan, Italy. Milan's Duomo is the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral: only the cathedral of Seville is larger (as is Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, which is not a cathedral). It is 157 meters long and a total of 40,000 people can fit comfortably within. The great windows of the choir were reputed to be the largest in the world. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (936x221, 41 KB) Description Piazza and cathedral Duomo di Milano, Milan, 1909 Source http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (936x221, 41 KB) Description Piazza and cathedral Duomo di Milano, Milan, 1909 Source http://www. ... A piazza is an open square in a city, often used as a marketplace, found in Italy. ... Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one. ... See also Gothic art. ... Duomo is a generic Italian term for a cathedral church. ... Milan (Italian: Milano; Milanese dialect: Milán) is the main city in northern Italy, and is located in the plains of Lombardy, the most populated and developed region in Italy. ... Duomo is a generic Italian term for a cathedral church. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Anglican, Catholic and some Lutheran churches, which serves as the central church of a diocese, and thus as a bishops seat. ... The Cathedral of Seville was begun in 1402, with construction continuing into the 16th century. ... Interior view, with the nave of the Cattedra in the back St. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Area  - City Proper  1285 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,553,873 almost 4,300,000 1. ...


The Cathedral is site at 45°27′51″N, 9°11′27″E.

The Duomo di Milano from the Square.
The Duomo di Milano from the Square.
Plate celebrating the posing of the first stone in 1386.
Plate celebrating the posing of the first stone in 1386.
The roof of the Duomo di Milano.

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Image File history File linksMetadata Milano_Duomo_1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Milano_Duomo_1. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 539 KB) Interno del Duomo di Milano, Milano, Italia Foto scattata da me, Aprile 2005 --Paolo da Reggio 18:47, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 539 KB) Interno del Duomo di Milano, Milano, Italia Foto scattata da me, Aprile 2005 --Paolo da Reggio 18:47, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 285 KB)The roof of the Duomo di Milano, taken by Robert Broadie on 7 January 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 285 KB)The roof of the Duomo di Milano, taken by Robert Broadie on 7 January 2005. ...


History

The street plan of Milan, with streets either radiating from the Duomo or circling it, reveals that the Duomo occupies the most important site in Roman Mediolanum. Saint Ambrose's 'New Basilica' was built on this site at the beginning of the 5th century, with an adjoining basilica added in 836. When fire damaged both buildings in 1075, they were rebuilt as the Duomo. Saint Ambrose, mosaic in church St. ... // Overview Events Romulus Augustus, Last Western Roman Emperor 410: Rome sacked by Visigoths 452: Pope Leo I allegedly meets personally with Attila the Hun and convinces him not to sack Rome 439: Vandals conquer Carthage At some point after 440, the Anglo-Saxons settle in Britain. ... Events Abbasid caliph al-Mutasim establishes new capital at Samarra, Iraq. ... Events Revolt of the Earls. ...


In 1386 the archbishop, Antonio da Saluzzo, began the new project, in a rayonnant Late Gothic style that is more characteristic of France than Italy. The beginning of the construction was related to Gian Galeazzo Visconti's accession to power in Milan, as a form of reward to the noble and working classes which had been suppressed by his tyrannic predecessor Barnabò. To start the works, three main buildings were demolished: the place of the Archbishopric, the Ordinari Palace and the Baptistry of St. Stephen at the Spring, and the old church of St. Maria Maggiore was to be exploited in the years. Enthusiasm for the new, immense building spread soon among the populations and the shrewd Gian Galeazzo, as well as his cousin, archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo, managed to collect large donations as contributes for the working. the contruction program was stricly regulated under the "Fabbrica del Duomo": this had an organic of 300 deputies, the first chief engineer being Simone da Orsenigo. Galeazzo gave the Fabbrica exclusive use of the marbles from the Candoglia quarry and freedom from bills. Events Battle of Sempach: Swiss safeguard independence from Habsburg rule End of reign of Poland by Capet-Anjou family. ... Saluzzo is a town in Cuneo province, Piedmont region. ... A 19th century version of Giangaleazzo Visconti Gian Galeazzo Visconti (1351 – September 3, 1402) was the first Duke of Milan and ruled the city for much of the early Renaissance. ... Bernabò Visconti (1319-1385) was an Italian soldier and statesman, lord of Milan in the 14th century. ... Saluzzo is a town in Cuneo province, Piedmont region. ...


In 1389 a French chief engineer was named, Nicolas de Bonaventure, who gave the church a strong Gothic imprint. Ten years later another Frenchman, Jean Mignot from Pairs was called to judge and improve the works, as they had was to approach the tiburio and technical aid was needed to lift stones at that unprecented height. Mignot declared all the work donate until now as in pericolo di ruina ("peril of crumble down"), as done sine scienzia ("without science"). In the following years Mignot's forecasts proved untrue, but anyway they spurred Galeazzo's engineers to improve their instruments and techniques. Works had proceeded fast and, at the death of Gian Galeazzo in 1402, almost half of the work had been completed. Construction, however, languished almost totally until 1480, due to lack of money and ideas: the most notable works of this period were the sepulchres of Marco Carelli and Pope Martin V (1424) and the windows of the apse (1470s). Among the latter, are still visible today those portraying St. John the Evangelist, by Cristoforo de' Mottis, and Saint Eligius and San John of Damascus, by Niccolò da Varallo. In 1452, under Francesco Sforza, the nave and the aisles were completed up to the sixth spans. Events February 24 - Margaret I seizes Albert, thus becoming ruler of Denmark, Norway and Sweden June 28 - Battle of Kosovo between Serbs and Ottomans. ... Events September 14 - Battle of Homildon Hill. ... Events March 6 - Treaty of Toledo - Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain recognize African conquests of Afonso of Portugal and he cedes the Canary Islands to Spain Great standing on the Ugra river - Muscovy becomes independent from the Golden Horde. ... Martin V, né Oddone Colonna or Odo Colonna (1368 – February 20, 1431), Pope from 1417 to 1431, was elected on St. ... Events August 17 - Battle of Verneuil - An English force under John, Duke of Bedford defeats a larger French army under the Duke of Alençon, John Stuart, and Earl Archibald of Douglas. ... Events and Trends battle of Avenches 1476 Prominent Persons Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer and mathematician A map of Europe in the 1470s. ... Events October - English troops under John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, land in Guyenne, France, and retake most of the province without a fight. ... Portrait of Francesco Sforza, ca 1460, by Bonifazio Bembo: Sforza insisted on being shown in his worn dirty old campaigning hat. ...


In 1490, under Lodovico Sforza, an octagonal base was chosen for the cupola. This was completed in ten years and decorated in the interior with four series of fifteen statues each, portraying saints, prophets, sibyls and other characters of the Old Testament. the external remained long without any decoration, with the exception of the so-called Guglietto dell'Amadeo ("Amadeo's Little Spire"), from 1507-1510. This is a Renaissance masterwork which howover didn not forget to harmonize with the general Gothic appearance of the on-going church. Events Tirant Lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell, Martí Joan De Galba is published. ... Ludovico Sforza (Ludovico il Moro, The Moor) (July 27, 1452–May 27, 1508), a member of the Sforza dynasty of Milan, Italy, was the second son of Francesco Sforza, and was famed as patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists. ... Note: Judaism commonly uses the term Tanakh, but not Old Testament, because it does not recognize the concept of a New Testament. ... 1507 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1510 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the traditional view, the Renaissance is understood as an historical age that was preceded by the Middle Ages and followed by the Reformation. ...


Under the subsequent Spanish domination, the new church was practicable, but largely unfinished in the interior, and the transepts were missing. In 1552 Giacomo Antegnati was commissioned a large organ, which was to placed in the northern choir, and Giuseppe Meda provided four of the sixteen pales which had to decorate the altar area (the progrm was completed by Federico Borromeo). In 1562 the Marco d'Agrate's St. Bartholomew and famous Trivulzio candelabrum (12th century) were added. Events April - War between Henry II of France and Emperor Charles V. Henry invades Lorraine and captures Toul, Metz, and Verdun. ... Federico Borromeo (born August 16, 1564; died September 22, 1631) was cardinal and archbishop of Milan and the cousin of Saint Charles Borromeo. ... Events Earliest English slave-trading expedition under John Hawkins. ... (11th century - 12th century - 13th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 12th century was that century which lasted from 1101 to 1200. ...

The famous "Madonnina" atop the main spire of the cathedral, it is the most venerated figure of Milan's people.
The famous "Madonnina" atop the main spire of the cathedral, it is the most venerated figure of Milan's people.
The Napoleonic facade with its striking white marble cover.
The Napoleonic facade with its striking white marble cover.

The accession of the ambitious Carlo Borromeo to the bishop throne meant the elimination of all lay monuments from the church. These included the tombs of Giovanni, Barnabò and Filippo Maria Visconti, Francesco Sforza and his wife Bianca, Galeazzo Maria Sforza and Lodovico, which were brought to unknown destinations. Borromeo's main intervention was however the nomination of Pellegrino Pellegrini as chief engineer, which raised several disputes as this needed the revision of the Fabbrica's statutes, being Pellegrino not a lay. Borromeo and Pellegrino desired a new appearance for the Cathedral, a Renaissance one which could assert a Roman nature for it, instead of the foreign one, as it was considered the Gothic style. As the façade was largely incomplete, Pellegrini designed a "Roman" style one, with columns, obelisk and a large tympanum. This, however, remained unapplied, though the interior decoration continued: in 1575-1585 the presbitery was rebuilt, while new altars and the baptistry were added in the nave. A wooden choir was constructed for the main altar by Francesco Brambilla, a work completed in 1614. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x1280, 562 KB) Summary Released to public domain by Eugenio45 in it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x1280, 562 KB) Summary Released to public domain by Eugenio45 in it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Duomo_di_milano_by_monique72. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Duomo_di_milano_by_monique72. ... Carlo Borromeo (October 2, 1538 - November 4, 1584), saint and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, son of Ghiberto Borromeo, count of Arona, and Margarita de Medici, was born at the castle of Arona on Lago Maggiore. ... Filippo Maria Visconti Filippo Maria Visconti, (1392–1447), who became nominal ruler of Pavia in 1402, succeeded his assassinated brother Gian Maria Visconti as Duke of Milan. ... Portrait of Francesco Sforza, ca 1460, by Bonifazio Bembo: Sforza insisted on being shown in his worn dirty old campaigning hat. ... Galeazzo Maria Sforza (January 24, 1444 – December 26, 1476) was Duke of Milan. ... Events February 13 - Henry III of France is crowned at Reims February 14 - Henry III of France marries Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont June 28 - Oda Nobunaga defeats Takeda Katsuyori in the battle of Nagashino, which has been called Japans first modern battle. ... 1585 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar. ... Events April 5 - In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe. ...


In 1577 Borromeo finally consecrated the whole edifice as a new, distint church from the old Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Tecla (which had been unified in 1549 after heavy disputes). Events March 17 - formation of the Cathay Company to send Martin Frobisher back to the New World for more gold May 28 - Publication of the Bergen Book, better known as the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, one of the Lutheran confessional writings. ... Events July - Ketts Rebellion Francis Xavier arrives in Japan. ...


At the beginning of the 17th century Federico Borromeo had the foundings of the new façade laid by Francesco Maria Richini and Fabio Mangone. Works continued until 1638 with the construction of five portals and two middle windows. In 1649, however, the new chief architect Carlo Buzzi introduced a striking revolution: the façade was to be reverted to original Gothic style, including the already finished particulars within big Gothic pilasters and two giant belfries. Other projects were provided, among the others, by Filippo Juvarra (1733) and Luigi Vanvitelli (1745), but all remained unapplied and the façade . In 1682 the façade of Santa Maria Maggiore was demolished and the cathedral's roof covering completed. (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Federico Borromeo (born August 16, 1564; died September 22, 1631) was cardinal and archbishop of Milan and the cousin of Saint Charles Borromeo. ... Events March 29 - Swedish colonists establish first settlement in Delaware, called New Sweden. ... // Events January 30 - King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland is beheaded. ... Filippo Juvarra also spelled Filippo Juvara, Italian architect and scene-designer, was born in Messina March 7,1678 and died in Madrid January 31,1736. ... Events February 12 - British colonist James Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia. ... Luigi Vanvitelli (Naples, May 12, 1700 – March 1, 1773, Caserta), an engineer as well as the most prominent 18th-century Italian architect, practiced a sober classicizing academic Late Baroque style that made an easy transition to Neoclassicism. ... // Events May 11 - War of Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy - At Fontenoy, French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army including the Black Watch June 4 – Frederick the Great destroys Austrian army at Hohenfriedberg August 19 - Beginning of the 45 Jacobite Rising at Glenfinnan September 12 - Francis I is elected... Events March 11 – Chelsea hospital for soldiers is founded in England May 6 - Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles. ...


In 1762 one of the main features of the cathedral, the Madonnina's spire, was erected at the dizzy height of 108.5 m. It was designed by Francesco Croce and at the top, according to very original status of the Cathedral, has a famous polychrome statue of the Madonna. 1762 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


On May 20, 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the façade to be finished. He was going to be crowned as King of Italy and his enthusiasm went on by assuring that expenses were to be fulfilled through the French treasure, in the form of reimbourse to the Fabbrica which in the meantime had to sell all its real estates. The reimbourse was never paid, though this meant that finally, within only seven years, the Cathedral had its façade completed. the new architect, Francesco Soave, followed largely Buzzi's project, adding some neo-Gothic details to the upper windows. As a form of thanksgiving, a statue of Napoleon was placed at the top of one of spires. 20 May is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 1805 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Bonaparte as general Napoleon Bonaparte ( 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a general of the French Revolution and was the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from November 11, 1799 to May 18, 1804, then as Emperor of the French (Empereur des Français... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ...


In the following years the great part of the missing arches and spires was constructed. The statues on the southern wall were also finished, while in 1829-1858 new decorated windows replaced the worn out ones, though with less significant results. The last details of the cathedral were finished only in the 20th century: the last gate was inaugurated on January 6, 1965. This date is considered the very end of a process which had proceeded for generations, although even now some uncarved blocks remain to be completed as statuary. The Duomo's main facade is under renovation at present; due to that you can see a big scaffolding with its canvas covering most of the main facade. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1829 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1858 (MDCCCLVIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...

Inside the Duomo.
Inside the Duomo.
Tomb of archbishop Alberto da Intimiano.
Tomb of archbishop Alberto da Intimiano.
Detail of windows from the exterior.
Detail of windows from the exterior.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 539 KB) Interno del Duomo di Milano, Milano, Italia Foto scattata da me, Aprile 2005 --Paolo da Reggio 18:47, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 539 KB) Interno del Duomo di Milano, Milano, Italia Foto scattata da me, Aprile 2005 --Paolo da Reggio 18:47, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (740x606, 159 KB) Description: tomba di Ariberto da Intimiano Author: Marco Bonavoglia File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (740x606, 159 KB) Description: tomba di Ariberto da Intimiano Author: Marco Bonavoglia File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 473 KB) Esterno duomo, Milano, Italia Foto scattata da me, Aprile 2005 --Paolo da Reggio 20:21, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano Metadata This file contains additional information, probably... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 473 KB) Esterno duomo, Milano, Italia Foto scattata da me, Aprile 2005 --Paolo da Reggio 20:21, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Duomo di Milano Metadata This file contains additional information, probably...

Architecture and art

The roof is open to tourists (for a fee), which allows many a close up view of some really spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated by mortal man.


The cathedral's five wide naves, divided by 40 pillars, are reflected in the hierarchic openings of the facade. Even the transepts have aisles. The roofline dissolves into openwork pinnacles that are punctuated by a grove of spires. The huge building is of brick construction, faced with marble from the quarries which Gian Galeazzo Visconti donated in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter. Its maintenance and repairs are very complicated. A 19th century version of Giangaleazzo Visconti Gian Galeazzo Visconti (1351 – September 3, 1402) was the first Duke of Milan and ruled the city for much of the early Renaissance. ...


Main monuments and sights

The interior of the cathedral includes a huge quantity of monuments and artworks. These include:

  • The Archbishop Alberto da Intimiano's sarcophagus, which is overlooked by a Crucifix in copper laminae.
  • The sarcophagi of the archbishops Ottone Visconti and Giovanni Visconti, created by a Campionese master in the 14th century.
  • The sarcophagus of Marco Carelli, who donated 35,000 ducati to accelerate the construction of the Cathedral.
  • The three magnificent altars by Pellegrino Pellegrini, which include the notable Federico Zuccari's Visit of St. Peter to St. Agatha jailed.
  • In the right transept, the monument to Gian Giacomo Medici, called Medeghino, by Leone Leoni, and the adjacent Renaissance marble altar, decorated with gilded copper statues.
  • In front of the former mausoleum is the most renowned artwork of the Cathedral, the St. Bartholomew statue by Marco D'Agrate.
  • The presbitery is a late Renaissance masterpiece composed by a choir, a Temple by Pellegrini, two pulpits with giant telamones covered in copper and bronze, and two large organs. Around the choir the two sacristies portals, some frescoes and a Martin V statue (15th century, by Jacopino da Tradate) can be seen.
  • The transepts house the Trivulzio Candelabrum, which is in two pieces. The base (attributed to Nicolas of Verdun, 12th century), charcterized by a fantastic ensemble of vines, vegetables and imaginary animals; and the stalk, of the mid-16th century.
  • In the left aisle, the Arcimboldi monument by Alessi and Romanesque figures depicting the Apostles in red marble and the neo-Classic baptistry by Pellegrini.
  • A small red light bulb in the dome above the apse marks the spot where one of the nails from the Crucifixion of Christ has been placed.

Campione (also known as Campione dItalia) is an Italian enclave within the Swiss canton of Ticino, separated from the rest of Italy by Lake Lugano and mountains. ... This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... Federigo Zuccaro, Self-portrait, after 1588 Federigo Zuccaro or Federico Zuccari (c. ... Categories: Pages needing attention | Stub | Medici ... Gian Giacomo Medici di Marignano (c. ... In Greek mythology, Telamon, son of Aeacus, King of Aegina, and Endeis and brother of Peleus, accompanied Jason as one his Argonauts, and was present at the hunt for the Calydonian Boar. ... (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... This article is about an architectural feature; for the astronomical term see apsis. ... Relics that are claimed to be the Holy Nails with which Christ was crucified are objects of veneration among some Christians. ... Crucifixion is an ancient method of execution, where the victim was tied or nailed to a large wooden cross (Latin: crux) and left to hang there until dead. ...

The Duomo in literature

"What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems ...a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!...The central one of its five great doors is bordered with a bas-relief of birds and fruits and beasts and insects, which have been so ingeniously carved out of the marble that they seem like living creatures-- and the figures are so numerous and the design so complex, that one might study it a week without exhausting its interest...everywhere that a niche or a perch can be found about the enormous building, from summit to base, there is a marble statue, and every statue is a study in itself...Away above, on the lofty roof, rank on rank of carved and fretted spires spring high in the air, and through their rich tracery one sees the sky beyond. ...(Up on) the roof...springing from its broad marble flagstones, were the long files of spires, looking very tall close at hand, but diminishing in the distance...We could see, now, that the statue on the top of each was the size of a large man, though they all looked like dolls from the street... They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands. " --Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad.

Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, novelist, writer, and lecturer. ... Innocents Abroad cover Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims Progress was published by American author Mark Twain in 1869. ...

The Duomo in Popular Culture

Luchino Visconti's 1960 film Rocco e i suoi fratelli, set in Milan, has a scene where the Duomo rooftop serves as a backdrop. Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers) is a 1960 film directed by Luchino Visconti. ...


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Duomo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (246 words)
Duomo is a generic Italian term for a cathedral church.
The formal word for a church that is presently a cathedral is cattedrale; a Duomo may be either a present or a former cathedral (the latter always in a town that no longer has a bishop nor therefore a cathedral, as for example Trevi).
The term "Duomo" is apparently derived from the conflation of the two Latin words Dominus (Lord) and Domus (house) through medieval Italian: a cathedral is "the house of God" — domus Dei, or domus Ecclesiae.
Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Duomo di Milano (483 words)
It is a particularly large and elaborate Gothic Cathedral (Duomo) on the main square in the center of the city of Milan, Italy.
Milan's Duomo is the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral: only the cathedral of Seville is larger (as is Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, which is not a cathedral).
The Duomo of Milan blurs the normal distinctions between Gothic and neo-Gothic, for the Gothic west front was begun in 1616 and completed two hundred years later.
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