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The Cathedral - Duomo di Orvieto

About Duomo di Orvieto

Basic Information:

  • City: Orvieto
  • Region: Umbria
  • Province: Terni
  • Zona: Central Italy


The Cathedral - Duomo di Orvieto is the cathedral of the Diocese of Orvieto-Todi, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in Central Italy. The cathedral is both beautiful outside and inside.

The church started to build in 1290 by Pope Nicholas IV in order to provide a worthy place in the corporal of the miracle of Bolsena. Designed in a Romanesque style by an unknown artist (probably Arnolfo di Cambio) and in principle the direction of the work was entrusted to Fra Bevignate from Perugia, Giovanni di Uguccione, who introduced the first Gothic. At the beginning of 1300 the Sienese sculptor and architect Lorenzo Maitani assumed the role of overseer of the work. He extended the Gothic style in the apse and transept and determined, despite not finishing it, the appearance of the facade that we see today. On the death of Maitani, which occurred in 1330, the work was far from concluded. The role of the foreman was hired by various architects and sculptors who succeeded over the years, often for short periods. In 1350-1356 was built the Chapel of the Corporal. In 1408-1444 was built the Chapel of San Brizio though it was painted only later (1447-1504). Even the work of the facade over the years dragged on until it was completed only in the second half of 1500 by Scalza who built 3 of the 4 spiers of the facade. The cathedral has always been dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

If you go to visit it you probably will note lot in common beteween the frescoes and mosaics inside with these in the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

More about the Interior of Duomo di Orvieto


Opening Hours

1 November - 28 February:

7.30 - 12.45 & 14.30 - 15.15

March and October:

7.30 - 12.45 & 14.30 - 18.15

1 April - 20 September:

7.30 - 12.45 & 14.30 - 19.15



05018 Orvieto, Terni, Italy

Piazza del Duomo, 26

☎ +39 0763 343 592


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