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13 September Sep 2016 1104 13 days ago

The Candoglia Quarries, source of the Duomo

The Veneranda Fabbrica's workmen work daily to maintain the cleanliness and decorum of this entire extremely important area

The images in this photo gallery were taken in Candoglia, within the area belonging to the Veneranda Fabbrica, there, where from the stone of this fateful mountain, the ongoing tale of the Duomo di Milano began and continues to develop.

The Candoglia Quarries are located within the Val Grande National Park, a protected area established in 1992 and expanded in 1998, and that includes the entire Val Grande, the adjacent Val Pogallo, and parts of the Vigezzo, Cannobina, Ossola, and Intrasca Valleys.

We are at the mouth of Val D'Ossola, where the sparkle of snow and golden  peaks surround an area in which the sound of the Veneranda Fabbrica's workmen and stone-cutters has resonated continuously for almost seven centuries, a sound that has become so familiar to the locals that they can't imagine life without it. It is an area of great historic and naturalistic importance, which the National Park protects in the name of the entire community.

What not everyone knows is that at Candoglia the workmen of the Veneranda Fabbrica work daily not only for the cultivation and extraction of marble intended for the Duomo, but also to keep the entire affected area perfectly clean and presentable.

Streets, trails, parapets, forest maintenance, and more: this too is the work that the Veneranda Fabbrica oversees within its quarries. A true sign of its commitment to the environment that is, first of all, a form of respect towards all those who have ventured onto this mountain, generation after generation, to leave their mark in the marble and history of this miraculous Cathedral and who have lived among these peaks, putting their art and knowledge at the monument's service.