Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Duomo di Milano

The Duomo is Milan's cathedral in the center of the city at Piazza del Duomo.

The Duomo is huge! 40,000 people can comfortably fit inside.

It is the 4th largest church in the world. It is also the largest Gothic cathedral and the 2nd largest Catholic cathedral in the world.

It was commissioned in 1386 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti but was not finished until the early 1800's. The building started out as a Gothic cathedral but since it took 500 years to complete the finished building is a cool mixture of styles.

Duomo is an elegant mass of marble with 135 spires and 3,400 statues.
One of the best things is a trip to the roof. You can climb up the stairs to the roof for €5 or take a lift for €6. Visting the roof is a no-brainer because the view is awesome!
Perched above the cathedral is a gilded statue of the Madonna. The 4 meter (13 feet) statue, called the Madonnina (little Madonna), dates back to 1774.

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