details from milan cathedral sacristy

Milan Cathedral Sacristy restoration complete

By Region Culture News North-west Italy

The restoration of the Aquilonare Sacristy of the Milan Cathedral is complete. It took three years, succeeding despite restrictions and the economic impact of the pandemic.

The sacristy is of special importance, the walls of which were constructed at the end of the 14th century. Previously, the site was the Baptistery of Santo Stefano alle Fonti. There Ambrose received baptism a few days before becoming bishop of Milan.

Reveals early days of the cathedral

The works revealed what Milan Cathedral might have looked like in its early days. It also opens up new perspectives for the study and interpretation of the beginnings of construction and its original project.

The restoration brought to light surprising details of one of the Cathedral’s oldest spaces. Completion of the works was thanks to the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility and the Lombardy Region.

Three essential areas

Workers of the Veneranda Fabbrica carried out the restoration work assisted by professionals Cinzia Parnigoni, Paola Zanolini and Eros Zanotti.

The three essential elements were the cuspidate portal with the rediscovery of colors (by Eros Zanotti); the frescoed times, the marble walls and the decorative elements in terracotta (by Paola Zanolini); the floor to which the intervention of the restorer Cinzia Parnigoni has restored brilliance.

It is possible to visit the sacristy from 11th December to 29th January 2022. There is a series of guided tours bookable through the official website

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