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"Duomo" Duomo - Cathedral Tip by antistar

Duomo - Cathedral, Milan: 195 reviews and 444 photos

  Duomo, Milan
by antistar

The construction of this vast Gothic cathedral was started in 1386, and built on a former medieval church of Santa Maria Maggiore. It is one huge mass of marble, containing about 3,500 statues, nearly 100 gargoyles, and far more buttresses, pinnacles, pillars and arches than necessary. The vastness, covering an area of nearly 12,000 square meters, has to be seen to be appreciated. It is third in size, after St. Peter's cathedral in Rome, and the Cathedral of Seville. Its highest pinnacle, at 109 meters, is topped by the golden statue of the Virgin Mary, covered in nearly 4,000 gold leaves. This towers over the cathedral's roof, which you can climb up and admire the views of Milan from, and also wonder at how they ever managed to put all those statues on all those pinnacles without either falling to their deaths, or getting a really bad bout of vertigo.

You can also go inside the cathedral. Entry is free, but you will have to go through fairly strict security.

Address: Piazza del Duomo
Phone: 02 7202 2656

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 20, 2013
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