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Cathedral of Como: photo description (Duomo di Como)

Cathedral of Como, named after Santa Maria Assunta and dedicated to the Dormition of the blessed virgin Mary is the main Church of the city of Como and the chair of the local Bishop. Standing on the picturesque Bank of lake Como, this Cathedral is one of the most significant religious buildings of the Italian region of Lombardy. Often called the last Italian Gothic Church.

The construction of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta was begun in 1396 on the site of the previously existing Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, after only 10 years after the founding of the world famous Milan Duomo. The erection of a new Church began under the direction of architect Lorenzo degli di Spazzi Laino, lasted almost four centuries and ended only in 1770, when the Cathedral was erected the dome in the Rococo style, made famous Filippo Juvarra. Producing an impressive impression of the Western facade of the Church was built between 1457 and 1498 years: its main attraction are the round-window, typical of Gothic churches, and a portal located between the statues of Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, natives of Como.

He Cathedral is 87 meters in length, from 36 to 56 meters in width and 75 meters in height from the bottom to the top of the dome. Inside it is made in the form of a Latin cross with three naves divided by columns, and a transept in the style of the Renaissance. The apse and the choir of the Church was built in the 16th century. The interior of the Cathedral is decorated with ancient tapestries, some of which - the creation of Arcimboldo, while others were made by masters from the Ferrara, Florence and Antwerp Dutch. Also on the walls of Santa Maria Assunta you can see paintings of the 16th century painted by Bernardino Luini and Gaudenzio Ferrari.