Duomo (Dome) : Michelin's recommendations
Built in tufa rock at the end of the 13 C, the dome is a perfect example of the Romanesque-Gothic transition period; a hundred or so architects, sculptors, painters and mosaic artists contributed to its creation which was completed in 1600. The result? Quite simply fabulous. First there is the facade, the most severe and rich in colour of all Italian Gothic works: the verticality of its lines sets off the slender gables and buttresses made up of small marble panels decorated with mosaics. The decoration, sculptures above, multicoloured mosaics and marble below, by Lorenzo Maitani, Andrea Pisano, Orcagna and Sanmicheli, is really sumptuous. You will also notice the amazing bas-reliefs (created by Maitani) which decorate the pillars. Inside, with three naves of flagstones in black and white stone, ceilings covered in wood, lit by alabaster window panes light up the Corporal Reliquary, a masterpiece of medieval goldsmith work, enriched with enamels and gemstones, designed to hold the relics from the miracle of Bolsena and, above all, the Chapel of the Madonna of St-Brice, decorated with wonderful frescoes, begun in 1447 by Fra Angelico and carried on from 1499 by Luca Signorelli.
- Address : P.za el Duomo I - 05018 Orvieto05018Orvieto
- Phone : 0763342477
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- Website : http://www.opsm.it
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