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Il Duomo - The Cathedral
Milano, Italy

The area selected for the Cathedral had, since the 4th century, hosted religious buildings of various sorts; the Basilica of Santa Tecla; the summer cathedral demolished in the 15th century: the characteristic octagonal Baptistry of San Giovanni delle Fonti: and above all the ancient Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore 9th century, the winter cathedral, first incorporated and then finally ...and...magnificiently replaced by today's Duomo dedicated to "Maria Nascente"
The enormous cost of the work were met by the donations of noble families (not only Milanese) and public subscriptions, but he decisive impetus was given by the contributions first of theVisconti and later the Sforza family.
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Dec 28 2006 15:12 GMT pp11364
Well done series.
Dec 28 2006 15:13 GMT PrairieGypsy
Marvelous series! I love the architecture of these old cathedrals. They are amazing.
Dec 28 2006 20:17 GMT bennystr
Superb shot!
Dec 28 2006 21:59 GMT Elise
Great shot!