The Duomo in Milan is a demonstration of the progress made by humankind: by looking at the complexity of its architecture and intricacy of its ornamentation, we can appreciate the sheer immensity of the heritage, the fruit of constant commitment, that has been handed down from generation to generation. Even from the early days, the extraordinary energy conveyed by the Duomo shone through, bearing witness to the contribution made by the dozens of generations that have succeeded each other in its centuries-long construction. The Duomo addresses humanity as a whole, with a timeless message. This building represents knowledge, sensibility, and a desire to build for the future, key concepts all of them, for the evolution of humanity.
The Veneranda Fabbrica of the Milan Duomo, the body that has cared for the cathedral’s building, maintenance, and fund-raising since 1387, has its own pavilion at Expo Milano 2015; a place in which to speak to people from all over the world.
Located in Lot S-03, in the western section of the exposition site, the pavilion of the Veneranda Fabbrica hosts an exhibit that is a one-of-a-kind: an actual-size reproduction of the statue of the Madonnina, the five-meter, gilded, copper laminate statue that has been atop the tallest spire of the Duomo since 1774. All around is displayed the history of this, the very symbol of Milan, and providing, to paraphrase the Expo Milano 2015’s theme, an example of, Feeding the Mind: Energy for Culture.
While the Madonnina is, and remains, unique, this reproduction offers everyone the chance to see her from close up, with access for the disabled provided.
Throughout the Universal Exposition, which runs for six months from Friday May 1, 2015, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo will be welcoming millions of visitors, whether believers or otherwise, to see the extraordinary patrimony that is the Milan cathedral. More, between May 1 and October 31, the Veneranda Fabbrica will be organizing six major cultural events.
The Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
A not-for-profit organization, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano has, since the late-14th century, been responsible for all aspects of the conservation and restoration of Milan’s cathedral, as well as safeguarding the building, and promoting it as a monument, a role that include raising the funds necessary for its maintenance.
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