Como Cathedral

Como, Italy

Como Cathedral is one of the most important buildings in the region. It is commonly described as the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy: construction on it, on the site of the earlier Romanesque cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore, began in 1396, 10 years after the foundation of Milan Cathedral. The construction works, started under the supervision of Lorenzo degli Spazzi di Laino, did not finish until 1770 with the completion of the Rococo cupola by Filippo Juvarra. The imposing west front was built between 1457 and 1498 and features a rose window and a portal between two statues of Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, natives of Como.

It is 87 metres long, from 36 to 56 metres wide, and 75 metres high into the top of the cupola. It has a Latin Cross floor plan with a central nave and two side aisles, separated by pillars, and a Renaissance transept, with an imposing cupola over the crossing. The apses and the choir are of the 16th century. The interior has some important tapestries, and others of the 16th and 17th centuries, made in Ferrara, Florence and Antwerp. There are also a number of 16th-century paintings by Bernardino Luini and Gaudenzio Ferrari.

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Founded: 1396
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Travis Benson (9 months ago)
This Cathedral was very moving. The beauty and the history is on full display, and it being in Como just adds to the majesty. Highly recommend spending some time here!
Emilian Zaharinov (9 months ago)
Very beautiful cathedral! Amazing architecture and great to celebrate engagement ❤️? Thank you Como for the cozy and warm welcome.
Theodor-Alexandru Gavan (11 months ago)
Beautiful are free admission. There is an area set aside for tourists and that they do not disturb those who pray. Quite logical.
Rick Taylor (11 months ago)
Did not know Como was famous for a Cathedral. Sense of wonder when told there has been a religious building on this site since 230ad
Han (Hanoch) Rabinovitz (2 years ago)
You'd think a piazza in a town wouldn't offer such an historic and architectural treasure. Beautiful example of 15-16th century duomo. And great place to examine this without the crowds of Milan, Florence and the like
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