(ANSA) – MILAN, 30 NOV – The restoration of the Aquilonare Sacristy of the Milan Cathedral has been completed, an intervention started in 2018 and continued for three years, despite the numerous difficulties that have arisen due to the pandemic, also due to the severe economic impact which, with the tourism crisis, exercised on the activity of the institution established in 1387.
The restoration is that of a place that is of special importance in the history of the construction of the Milanese Cathedral: the mighty walls that enclose the environment of the Sacristy – also known as ‘northern’ – were built at the end of the 14th century, where it stood previously the Baptistery of Santo Stefano alle Fonti, where Ambrose himself received baptism a few days before becoming bishop of Milan.
The works – it was explained during a press conference in the cathedral – revealed what the Duomo might have looked like in its early days and opens up new perspectives for the study and interpretation of the hypotheses about the beginnings of construction and its original project. The restoration brought to light surprising details of one of the Cathedral’s oldest spaces and was strongly desired by the Veneranda Fabbrica and completed thanks to the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility and the Lombardy Region.
The restoration work, carried out by the workers of the Fabbrica with the help of restoration professionals such as Cinzia Parnigoni, Paola Zanolini and Eros Zanotti, with their collaborators, was also able to make use of the help of the Mapei technical structure for the resolution of several problems on the materials to be used for the restoration. (HANDLE).
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