At the very beginning of the Cathedral’s construction, in 1390, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan, sent four missives to Rome. The aim: support people’s engagement for the Cathedral’s construction, while their oblations seemed, at first, not to be enough to hold up the ambitious project of the Duke.The letters were directed to the then Pope Bonifacio IX, to Cardinal Brancacci, to the Jerusalemitan Hospital Master and the last one to Anselmo Rozio.
Gian Galeazzo’s request was to proclaim a jubilee also in the city of Milan, for everyone who was unable to take part to the Roman one during the same year, so as to collect indulgences that would allow to go on with the activities for the “very decorous Cathedral that was being constructed in Milan”.
Gian Galeazzo’s appeal was welcomed in Rome and the Jubilee of Milan may have been concluded on September 8th 1391; the enormous success it obtained among people in Milan brought citizens to ask for a respite until Easter Day in 1932. The letter containing this request was mailed on December 28th 1391 to the Pope Bonifacio IX and is still conserved today in the Fabbrica’s Archive, as a proof of people’s great effort for the construction of their own Cathedral.
Next February 23rd at 15.30 it will be possible to take part to a unique guided tour at the Veneranda Fabbrica’s Historical Archive where, since the origins of the Cathedral, are kept all documents linked with its history and creation. Tours will be open to every donor who subscribes the campaign with an endowment of €100,00 or more.
Inside the Archive it is possible to find evidences about people who, through the course of history, worked and engaged themselves so as the Fabbrica’s great industry would not have stopped.
The guided tours are open each day to a group of about 16 people, subject to availability. Each donor can come with a partner.
For more information
Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
(Piazza del Duomo, 18 – under the cloister of the S. Maria Annunciata in Camposanto church)
Monday-Friday: from 10.00 to 17.00
Phone: +39 02 89 09 65 54
Fax. +39 02.72022419
Bookings are open, subject to availability.