ITALY / ITALIA / ITALIERARE LARGE BRONZE MEDAL by WIENER CATHEDRAL OF MILAN WIENER, Jacques: Italy, 1860, Bronze, 59 mm
Obv: View of exterior
Exergue: CATHEDRALE DI MILANO
Rev: View of interior
Exergue: PRINCIPIATA 1386 DA GIO: GALEAZZO VISCONTI. FACCIATA DEL PELLIGRINI.
Signed: J. WIENER F. 1860 / J. WIENER BRUSSELLE
Ref: Van Hoydonck 177 Milan, a major city in northern Italy and the capital of the province of Milano, is situated near the middle of the Lombard plain. It is the seat of an archbishop, the chief financial center of Italy and wealthiest manufacturing and commercial town in the country. The center of the city is dominated by the Piazza del Duomo, or cathedral square, at one end of which stands the Cathedral of Milan. Begun in 1386 from marble from the quarries which Gian Galeazzo Visconti gave in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter, it was then the largest church in existence, and now, after St. Peter's in Rome and the cathedral of Seville, it is the largest church in Europe. The style is essentially Gothic and elaborate in design, though somewhat eclectic because so many masters contributed to its architecture through several centuries, notably Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, who designed the octagonal cupola, and Pellegrino di Tibaldo de' Pellegrini, who laid the pavement and designed the baroque facade. The church is cruciform, with double aisles to the nave and aisles to the transepts. The roof is supported by 52 pillars with canopied niches for statues. In a crypt under the choir lies the body of the cardinal patron saint of Milan, Carlo Borromeo, who consecrated the cathedral in 1577. The body is contained in a rock-crystal shrine, encased in silver, and is vested in magnificent robes blazing with jewels. The roof of the cathedral is built of blocks of marble, and the various levels are reached by staircases carried up the buttresses. It is ornamented with a profusion of turrets, pinnacles and statues, of which t are at least 3300 of various styles and periods. As elsew in Italy, recent excavations have revealed ancient Roman ruins beneath the building. Superb engraving RARE !!! RARE !!! RARE !!! Weight : 95 gr GENUINE No hallmark on the edge Quality : see pictures Check out our other items ! Be sure to add us to your favorites list ! All our items are send by registered letters (for overseas transactions Via Air Mail priority). Quick delivery and safety for the buyer Shipping costs = Royal Spanish post fees Save money = several items bought = combinated shipping If you've bought several items, before to pay, wait for our invoice with combinated shipping costs ! OFFICIAL RATES REGISTERED LETTER ROYAL SPANISH POST prices are in euro currency Poids-Weight España Europe Monde-World 101-200 g 3,57 € 6,01 € 7,09 € 201-350 g 4,42 € 9,16 € 11,14 € g 6,28 € 13,20 € 20,24 € 1001-2000 g 7,02 € 21,15 € 37,99 € If you want to calculate your shipping cost, please don’t forget that those prices are in EURO currency and also think to the weight of packaging. Any question, just ask us! Follow our pseudo tarcit and that by doing so that you will find many other articles that interest you! We put about 400 differents articles on eBay each month (Coins, medals, banknotes...) We're in Spain but you can contact us in english. For payment we prefer PayPal (free of charge) but we accept bank transfer. All the items are send by registered letter. Usually the delay between Spain and USA is about 7 days.