Milano: Il Duomo
Milano, the city considered the world’s capital of fashion and design, is also the city with one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever visited. Known as the largest and most complex Gothic building in Italy, is one of the symbols of the transalpine country.
The construction of this amazing cathedral started in 1386 and was ended in 1965, so it took almost 600 years to finish this spectacular building and see it in all its majesty.
Located in the Piazza del Duomo, when you arrive at the front of the cathedral, you face the sophisticated main bronze door, designed and carved by the Italian sculptor Ludovico Pogliaghi, an outstanding piece of art that you can enjoy for hours and tells the story of Mary’s life.
Some of the sculptures have shiny metal parts made by the people rubbing it for good luck.
Apart from the inside, that I’ll show you in another occasion, the most impressive part of the Duomo for me was the visit to the rooftops. Breathtaking views and amazing architecture that can be seen from close up in an awesome tour that, if you do at first in the morning, you will enjoy on your own, without the stress of the people.
Arches, columns, statues, busts, plenty of architectural samples… the Gothic style in all its splendor.
Climbing the fifty final steps you can reach the highest terraces, where you can enjoy the amazing views of the main places of Milano. Absolutely recommended, so pay the entrance with no doubt, you’ll amortize every euro with the incredible skyline.
In the cathedral surroundings, there are many beautiful corners to enjoy. At the back of the Duomo there are some magnolias and, depending on the season you visit the city, you’ll be able to see the magnolias blossoms with it gorgeous shades, from white to pink.
Summarizing, il Duomo di Milano is a place that all those who love the greatness of architecture must visit, at least, once in a lifetime.
Magnificent, gorgeous, superb, beautiful, majestic… many adjectives can be used to describe this cathedral, non of them enough to narrate the emotions you feel when you stand opposite it.
(All the pictures taken by Jose L. Mateos)