On Monday, May 8th, 2017, the former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, spent a whole day in Milan, visiting the key cultural and historical sites of the city, paying particular attention to the Duomo, Milan’s emblem in the world.
The presence of President Obama at the Duomo, and the sensibility and attention he has shown to the Cathedral is a positive sign of the bond between Milan and New York, joined by the creation of International Patrons of Duomo di Milano since 2014.
As a U.S. charity, we are committed to spreading the message of the Duomo and its needs in the United States, seeking support as widely as possible to allow the icon of Milan to last and be preserved over the centuries.
Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo, as Archbishop of Duomo di Milano and President of the Veneranda Fabbrica, welcomed Obama, who visited the Duomo in its entirety, from the Major Altar, framed by the painted, colored windows of the apse, crowned by Sol Justitiae, the Visconti’s emblem, going through the Iemale Chapel, with its vault frescoed by sixteenth-century stuccoes, to the Terraces, nesteled among the tall spires, whose sculptural decorations make the Duomo's architecture the greatest expression of international Gothic.
On the occasion of his visit, President Obama recieved The Duomo di Milano e la Liturgia Ambrosiana, bilingual volume curated by Mons. Marco Navoni and a white Cucù Duomo, as gifts.
This last tribute, inspired by the profile of the Duomo and its extraordinary spires, was made by Diamantini & Domeniconi, an Italian company that since 2014 collaborates with the fundraising project "Adotta una Guglia: scolpisci il tuo nome nella storia", to support the restoration of the Cathedral, with the Veneranda Fabbrica.