Como Cathedral – Visit Como
The construction of the Cathedral began in 1396, on the site of an earlier cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore. The front of the Cathedral was built between 1447 and 1489. Even if the original project was different, it was built aligned with the Broletto, and today it looks like its continuation.
The result is a complex building: the Cathedral is a fusion of several styles, gothic and renaissance in particular. The dome, designed by the architect Filippo Juvara, was built in 1770, and it crowned the completion of the work.
In the Cathedral you can find many works of art, including renaissance tapestries from the laboratories of Ferrara, Florence and the Flanders, and sixteenth century paintings by Bernardino Luini and Gaudenzio Ferrari.
You can also see the majestic seventeenth century wooden altar by Giovanni Angelo Del Maino dedicated to Saint Abundius, the patron of Como.
In the last century, a pipe organ was installed in the Cathedral: the 1932 Balbiani Vegezzi-Bossi opus 1519.