Orvieto - The Duomo

May 10, 2014  •  2 Comments

After my big day out in Rome, I caught an intercity train the next morning for Orvieto where Patrick Nicholas of Camera Etrusca picked me up and drove me up the steep and winding road, through the town wall and along the cobbled narrow streets to Piazza Popolo.  This was where La Soffito, a charming B&B, was located on the third floor of a lovely old building.  I have a lot to tell you about my week spent with Patrick but first I want to talk about Orvieto's extraordinary cathedral.

The Duomo (Cathedral) at Orvieto is a large 14th-century Roman Catholic Cathedral. The building was constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate and provide a suitable home for the Corporal of Balsena, a miracle which is said to have occurred in 1263 in the nearby town of Bolsena.

 The Cathedral is very large for the size of the town.  It has a beautifully decorated gothic façade made up of gold and other highly coloured mosaics, bas relief depicting biblical stories from the old and new testament and other intricate decoration.  The façade stands out when the city is viewed from the surrounding countryside (see photo below of Orvieto).  The interior of the cathedral also contains beautiful frescoes and works by noted Cathedral of OrvietoCathedral of OrvietoThe Duomo (Cathedral) at Orvieto is a large 14th-century Cathedral constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate the Miracle of Balsena, which is said to have occurred in 1263
The Cathedral is very large for the size of the town and has a beautifully decorated gothic façade made up of gold and other highly coloured mosaics, bas relief depicting biblical stories from the old and new testament and other intricate decoration.
artists. Cathedral of OrvietoCathedral of OrvietoThe Duomo (Cathedral) at Orvieto is a large 14th-century Cathedral constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate the Miracle of Balsena, which is said to have occurred in 1263
The Cathedral is very large for the size of the town and has a beautifully decorated gothic façade made up of gold and other highly coloured mosaics, bas relief depicting biblical stories from the old and new testament and other intricate decoration.
Cathedral of OrvietoCathedral of OrvietoThe Duomo (Cathedral) at Orvieto is a large 14th-century Cathedral constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate the Miracle of Balsena, which is said to have occurred in 1263
The Cathedral is very large for the size of the town and has a beautifully decorated gothic façade made up of gold and other highly coloured mosaics, bas relief depicting biblical stories from the old and new testament and other intricate decoration.
Cathedral of OrvietoCathedral of OrvietoThe Duomo (Cathedral) at Orvieto is a large 14th-century Cathedral constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate the Miracle of Balsena, which is said to have occurred in 1263
The Cathedral is very large for the size of the town and has a beautifully decorated gothic façade made up of gold and other highly coloured mosaics, bas relief depicting biblical stories from the old and new testament and other intricate decoration.
Cathedral of OrvietoCathedral of OrvietoThe Duomo (Cathedral) at Orvieto is a large 14th-century Cathedral constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate the Miracle of Balsena, which is said to have occurred in 1263
The Cathedral is very large for the size of the town and has a beautifully decorated gothic façade made up of gold and other highly coloured mosaics, bas relief depicting biblical stories from the old and new testament and other intricate decoration.

 


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Warren Veivers(non-registered)
I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful architecture that demands to be photographed. You've done a great jopb.
Adrian(non-registered)
Stunning work.
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