Meet the partners: Italian gothic in Milan

The CULT-TIPS partners are spread across the whole of Europe and live close to some fascinating cultural heritage. In this series of blog posts we'd like to introduce you to some of the iconic heritage that our partners want to share!


The Duomo: an icon of the Italian gothic

The history of the Duomo takes us back to the 14th century. At this time, another structure, St Tecla, stood on the current site of the cathedral. Commissioned by Count Gian Galeazzo Visconti, construction of the magnificent Duomo began in 1386.


At the beginning of its realisation, it was mainly German, Italian and French masters who alternately took charge of the Cathedral's architectural style. Because their opinions were too far apart, the construction of the Duomo came to a standstill several times. A period of 100 years was no exception in this. After its resumption, the cathedral was built in many different styles. This was partly due to the lengthy time frame of completion through which various people influenced the architectural style. It was not until May 1805 that Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the entire structure to be completed.



A fun fact about the history of Milan Cathedral is that Napoleon was crowned king here at a later date. The construction project took more than 600 years in total. It was only in 1965 that the Duomo was opened in appropriate style. Because the project had taken so much time, necessary renovations had to be started immediately after the grand opening.


The construction period of more than six centuries 6 centuries has ensured that Milan Cathedral now shows a beautiful mix of Baroque and Gothic styles, among others.



Italian partners: Bartolomeo and Effebi

Our Italian partners Bartolomeo are based in Milan, the same city as the Duomo, while our partners Effebi are based in Rome. Bartolomeo will lead the development of our educator's toolkit, whole Effebi led the development of our pedagogical model.