Happy Birthday, Architect! #Maciachini200

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To celebrate the Bicentenary of the architect Carlo Maciachini, D Major TV with Amici del Monumentale is waiting for you on April 8th at 3:00 pm at the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, with our wonderful musicians “Duo Concertante” Sofia Manvati (violinist) and Vittorio Benaglia (violist). It will be an opportunity to celebrate art in one of the most evocative places in the city of Milan. We are waiting for you!



Maciachini was born in Induno Olona, in the Province of Varese (Lombardy), to a farmers family. As a young boy, he proved to be a talented wood carver, working as an apprentice in local woodworking shops. At the age of 20, he moved to Milan to become an art student at the Brera Academy, where eventually graduated in architecture, at the same time earning a great popularity in the Milanese high society as a carver and decorator. His first major work as an architect was the realization of the San Spiridione church for the Illyrian Orthodox community in Trieste.

The cemetery was completed in 1866, and is widely recognized as Maciachini’s prominent achievement.

Thereafter, Maciachini worked on a number of other designs (mostly restorations of decayed religious buildings) in Milan and other areas of Northern Italy, including several cities in Lombardy, Veneto, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.He would also sporadically return to sculpture and carving; for example, he realized the Corinthian capitals of the church of Bodio, as well as the pulpits of the Basilica of San Vittore in Varese.


Maciachini was also involved in a resounding failure with his design of the dome of the Cathedral of Pavia, which was completed in 1885 and partially collapsed in that same year. The Cathedral had to remain closed for over seven years because pieces of marble would occasionally fall from the fractured dome. The dome is still in place, but its maintenance is difficult and costly because of the defective design.


Another great aedicula created by Carlo Maciachini.

Especially in the restoration of old buildings, Maciachini developed a personal and appreciated style, which was both scientific and eclectic. He would first try to identify the original structure of the buildings he was restoring through a study of any available documentation, to recreate them as faithfully as possible; but then, when precise documentation wasn’t available, he would integrate the design, creatively borrowing features from other buildings of the same historical period and architectural style.

Maciachini died in Varese in 1899, and was buried in the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. To honour his contributions to the architecture of Milan, a large square of the city, Piazzale Carlo Maciachini, has been named after him.

During the visit at the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano Mrs Carla de Bernardi take her book “Non ti scordar di me! (don’t forget about me)”


Milan Monumental Cemetery is a magnificent and amazing open-air museum. Surrounded and besieged by the noise and bustle of the city of the living, it stands silently and elegantly offering eternal rest to illustrious Milanese who have left a mark in the culture and history of the Lombard metropolis. Beyond the temples, statues and many masterpieces scattered in galleries and along avenues lined with old trees, the real protagonists of this guide, unique in its kind, are the characters, more or less famous, who spend eternity in this magical place of peace and that, with their actions, with their merits, but also with their defects, have contributed to the greatness and development of Milan, as in a great “comedy” in which everyone has played his part . Their compelling and original stories intertwine with those of the palaces, gardens, churches, squares and streets of a dynamic, fast, sometimes grumpy city that has always preserved its most hidden beauties and virtues.

Here the interview with President of Amici del Monumentale Mrs.Carla De Bernardi:

Here the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/430534914064010/


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