The ancient city of Orvieto was a major centre of Etruscan civilization. Orvieto was annexed by Rome in the third century BC. Because of its site on a high and steep volcanic rock the city was virtually impregnable. After the collapse of the Roman Empire its defensible site gained new importance and the episcopal seat was transferred from Bolsena. At the end of the 13th century the population of the Orvieto region numbered about 30,000. The population of the ancient cliff top town is now around 3,000, whereas the entire Orvieto population, incorporating the valley township and surrounding areas is over 20,000.
Construction of the Duomo or Cathedral di Santa Maria Assunta was commenced on 13th November 1290 after the flagstone was laid by Pope Nicholas IV. Final touches to the facade were completed in1607. The newest part of the Cathedral are three bronze doors which give access to the entrance of the Cathedral. These were finished in 1970. Certainly not a rush job.
This is a limited edition Giclee print of 25 with archival pigment ink on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching paper.
The printed image measures 51x35cm plus a 5cm border for my signature and limited edition number. The framed images are for reference only.