Restoration Journal

Work on the Main Spire continues: restoration of the base of the Tiburio


17 February 2017

Over the past few days, in preparation for springtime, with Lombardy's characteristically blue skies as a backdrop, if observing the Duomo from the piazza or, with an even better view, from the terraces, one may notice that scaffolding has been set up at the base of the Tiburio.

Thanks to the crane that occupied the piazza for several days at the beginning of February, the Veneranda Fabbrica's workers were able to finish transporting the materials necessary for setting up the scaffolding.

Planned from the beginning of the Duomo's construction, work on the Tiburio began at the end of the 15th century and was completed, with the Main Spire and the four smaller spires, at the end of the 19th century.

The debate regarding its construction, in the 15th century, saw the participation of some of the greatest engineers of the time, including Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante. In the end, the Fabbrica chose the plan by Amadeo and Dolcebuono.

With its restoration completed, the Gugliotto Pestagalli was freed from its scaffolding in just the past few days.

Inside the Cathedral, the enormous project of replacing the lighting and electrical system continues, which involves the removal of the old elements and their substitution with new and higher performance materials, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and respect for the environment.

The crane is currently placed in the south transept, at the Chapel of St. Giovanni Bono