Duomo Milan - Duomo Milan information and pictures
is located on Piazza del Duomo
in the city center and is one of the largest churches in the Christian World second only to St Peter's Basilica
and Seville Cathedral in Spain
. This magnificent building was begun in the 14th century but was completed after 500 years.
The Gothic Cathedral is striking with its size and unusual roof. 135 spires and 3,500 statues adorn the cathedral, including the symbol of Milan
, the golden statue of the Madonnina
. The Madonnina spire was erected in 1762 and is 108.5 m high. It was designed by Francesco Croce.
Inside, the Duomo is astonishing. The nave has 5 isles, crossed by a transept. The nave is 45 meters high one of the highest in a Gothic church. The five naves are divided by 52 pillars and the remarkable stained glass windows light the cathedral from all sides.
The most cherished relic of the cathedral, a nail from the Christ`s cross, is placed on a grandiose crucifix above the chancel. The ruins of the early Christian baptistery, Battistero Paleocristiano, stand to the left of the main entrance. In 387 AD, St Ambrose had baptised St Augustine at this holly place.
A tour of the cathedral roof is available. It is a perfect opportunity to explore the spires and sculptures, placed upon delicate flying buttresses and to have a panoramic view of the center of Milan.
Where is the Duomo: Piazza del Duomo
How to get to the Duomo: By Metro to Duomo station
Opening Hours: Daily from 9AM to 5PM
The Duomo, Milan
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