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They Lived in Hovels and Built Cathedrals: The Construction of the Cathedral of Milan

Who built the Cathedral of Milan? What resources financed such an ambitious project?

Date/Time

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location

3M Auditorium (OWS 150), UST South Campus

Cost

Free and open to the public.

Event Notes:

Sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies and Communion and Liberation at the University (CLU). Free and open to the public.

Who built the Cathedral of Milan?  What resources financed such an ambitious project? For centuries, the construction of Milan's Cathedral was attributed to Prince Gian Galeazzo Visconti.  A new, detailed analysis of unedited medieval documents turns this classic interpretation upside down.

                        

In this presentation, Professor Saltamacchia demonstrates how almost the totality of the resources for the Cathedral's construction actually came from the Milanese people.  Stories emerge from the long list of donors - the prostitute Marta who, converted, abandoned the brothel; Marco, the rich merchant who bequeathed everything and then lived as a poor man until his death; the soldier Alessio, to name only a few.