Although we saw a lot of amazing churches and Duomo (cathedrals) throughout Italy, the Milan Duomo is in a league of its own.
Milan’s Gothic style Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world and the second largest in Italy, after St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It takes up a staggering 109,641 square feet and occupies an entire city block.
Commenced in 1386, the building took thousands of workers more than 6 centuries to complete, thanks to a rollercoaster ride of politics, lack of money and so many generations seeing it unfinished! In 1762, the main was topped with a statue of the Madonna, to whom the Duomo is dedicated.
It is believed there are more statues in the Milan Duomo than in any other church in the world. The Duomo boasts 3400 statues, 135 stone pinnacles and 700 figures!
Having done our research ahead of time, we decided to visit the rooftop of the Duomo so we could take in the views, as well as getting up close and personal with the stunning decorative items and statues which adorn the outside of the building. Also, we tried to get inside the cathedral, but you have to go through two lots of queues – one for tickets and then another for securit and entry. Apparently the wait is at least an hour (or more!). The rooftop was quicker and easier, as we wanted to do some shopping in Milan too … priorities people! 🙂
After waiting about 20 minutes in the queue, we took the small lift up to the rooftop, where you can wander around on your own. We found the entire roof area paved in slabs of marble leading to corridors, wide open spaces and of course, the beautiful views over Milan’s skyline.
The detail on the statues is incredible and a fine showcase of Italian workmanship.
Have you been to Milan Duomo? Did you go inside or up on the rooftop? Let us know in the comments below.
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