Milanís cathedral gets new lighting for its windows on 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. It is the first time that the magnificent stained-glass windows, some dating from the 17th century, have been illuminated. New Led technology now makes this safe as light-emitting diodes (leds) emit low intensity but very bright light.
In previous years the faÁade and the apse have been illuminated during the festival of lights; this year it is the turn of the windows, which will be lit from inside the cathedral every Saturday and Sunday and on important feast days throughout the year.
The Duomo, which is the symbol of Milan just as the Colosseum is of Rome, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. At the top of the Gothic spire, 108.5m high, is another symbol of the city, the bronze-gilded Madonnina.
Construction started on the present cathedral in the 14th century but there has been a church on the same site since the fifth century.
The ceremony for the inauguration of the new illuminations for the cathedral comes only days after the opening of the new Museo del Novecento, which houses Milanís precious collection of 19th and 20th century art, in the same square.