Map of Bay de Verde for A seven-year-long facelift was completed in 2008, having repaired the damage done by centuries of smoke and pollution and leaving the cathedral resplendent once more. The interior The interior of the Duomo is striking for its size and atmosphere. The five aisles are separated by 52 towering piers (one for each week of the year), while a green, almost subterranean half-light filters through the stained-glass windows, lending the marble columns a bone-like hue that led the French writer Suar s to compare the interior to the hollow of a colossal beast. By the entrance, the narrow brass strip embedded in the pavement with the signs of the zodiac alongside is Europe’s largest sundial, laid out in 1786. A beam of light still falls on it through a hole in the ceiling, though changes in the Earth’s rotation mean that it’s no longer accurate. The Battistero San Giovanni alle Fonti To the right of the entrance you’ll find the archeological remains of the fourth-century Battistero San Giovanni alle Fonti, where the city’s patron saint Sant’Ambrogio baptized St Augustine in 387 AD. Augustine had arrived in Milan three years earlier with his illegitimate son, and after sampling various religions, including paganism, was eventually converted to Christianity by Ambrose, then the city’s bishop. The remains of the baptistry were discovered during excavations for a bomb shelter in the 1940s, and more was unearthed later during work for the metro system in the 1950s, also revealing the foundations for the fourth-century basilica of Santa Tecla and some first-century Roman baths. At the far end of the church, suspended high above the chancel, a little red light marks the most important of the Duomo’s holy relics a nail from Christ’s cross, which was crafted into the bit for the bridle of Emperor Constantine’s horse. Map of Bay de Verde 2016.
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