Duomo di Orvieto, a cathedral in Orvieto, Italy
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Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto - Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta), situated in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy, is a large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Dome has been built for three centuries by the work of dozens of experts and artists.
Named the "Golden Lily of Cathedrals" for its magnificence, elegance and lavishness, and for its mosaics that ornate its incomparable façade, the Cathedral of Orvieto is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals of Italy.
Situated in a position dominating the town of Orvieto which sits perched on a volcanic plug, the cathedral's façade with a large rose window is a classic piece of religious construction, containing elements of design from the 14th to the 20th century, a fine example and balance of Gothic and Romanesque styles.
The Gothic façade is one of the great masterpieces of the Late Middle Ages. The most exciting and eye-catching part is its golden frontage, which is decorated with precious marble bas-reliefs, gold mosaics, sacred relics and statues with the symbols (Angel, Ox, Lion, Eagle) of the Evangelists.
The mosaics tell the story and scenes from the life of the Virgin, the assumption into Heaven, the Nativity, up to the Coronation. The delicately carved rose window of the façade is surrounded by framed marble busts and life-sized sculpted figures in gothic niches. In particular, the splendour of its facade is known all over the word, with its towers that reach a height of about 53 m (174 ft)