"Duomo" Duomo - Cathedral Tip by Willettsworld
Duomo - Cathedral, Milan: 195 reviews and 444 photos
Well the facade has been under restoration for a few years now but when I first visited Milan in the mid 90's I remember it being simply breathtaking. It's a shame that you can't see it at the moment. You get some idea as to what it's like as you walk round the outside by seeing all the pointy spires (there's 135 in total) and statues.
The cathedral is one of the largest Gothic churches in the world at 157m (514ft) long and, at it's widest point, 92m (301ft) across. It was built in 1386 under Prince Gian Galeazzo Visconti but not completed until more than 500 years later!
Inside, the 5 aisles are divided by 52 giant pillars and it by huge stained glass windows. The cathedral houses important monuments including the funeral monuments of Gian Giacomo Medici of Marignano, the wooden choir, the Crypt and "Scurolo" of St. Charles Borromeo, the precious Cathedral Treasure, the bronze Trivulziano Candelabrum and the bowl in Egyptian porphyry, now the baptismal font. Under the parvis are the ruins of the Baptistry of S.Giovanni alle Fonti, which is famous because in 387 Ambrose baptized St. Augustine there.
Address: Piazza del Duomo
Phone: 02 7202 2656
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