Visit the Dome of Como, the cupole domines the Lake
Four-hundred year to create a masterpiece: the Dome of Como is an extraordinary example of the masters of Como for creating wonders. The cupola, ended in ‘700, was designed by Filippo Juvarra.
The Duomo was built between the end of 1300 and the mid-1700s, on top of a former church dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore. The Duomo is a real gem which is a fusion of different architectural styles: starting from the late Gothic period with the structure up to the Renaissance style of the façade.
By the side of the main portal, the statues of Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, two illustrious Como born Roman writers, are late gothic in origin.
The “Duomo’s Fabbrica” ended with the impressive baroque dome in 1744. Inside it is divided into a nave and two aisles separated by powerful pillars, from which precious, end of XVI century tapestries hang, originating from the Ferrara, Florence and Antwerp workshops. The lateral naves have several altars, among which, the most precious is without a doubt S. Abbondio’s altar, from the early 1500’s; an extraordinary wooden “ancona” curved and gilded, which illustrates episodes from the Patron Saint of Como’s life.
The façade statues, principally designed by the Rodari Brothers, are astonishing. Especially astounding are the two podiums representing the two renowned Como citizens, Plinio the Young and Plinio the Old, who lived in the Roman era.
The wonder that fills up your heart and gives you a large smile is indescribable: reach the square of the dome from the historical centre is easy, following the indications to the Cathedral in direction to the lake. In the square, you are completely astonished in front of this building. More magic is to admire the town from above: rising to Brunate you can see how the Dome has shaped the town, and the surrounding building hug it, between the woods and the lake.
The Cathedral of Como is open for visit during the week from 10.30 to 17.00 (except for religious celebrations) and during holidays from 13.00 to 16.30 (except for religious celebrations).
The Dome of Como is a holy place: respect this church and who is in pray, keep an appropriate behaviour, cover your shoulders during the summer and don’t use flash and phone inside.
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