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Milan Cathedral, called Duomo di Milano in Italy, is one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals, located in the heart of the city. It is 515 feet (157 metres) long and 302 feet (92 m) wide. It can have up to 40.000 people at a time.
The Duomo, symbol of Milan in the world, is one of the heritages of Milanese people. Over the centuries it has been expressing, with its magnificence, the devotion of humanity toward the Divine, involving future generations in an endless dedication. The Duomo Di Milano, besides being a fine artistic monument, is a place of prayer, deeply linked to the memory and teachings of the Bishops who succeeded on St. Ambrose's chair. Every year millions of worshippers gather in this place to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries. The Cathedral is the Church of the Diocese, having a symbolic role in the life of the city worship.
The Duomo di Milano took thousands of workers, a new canal system and over six centuries to complete, and yet it is unfinished. The official construction of the Duomo started in 1386 by Bishop Antonio da Saluzzo and was helped by the ruler of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti. The ruler had some real grand visions for the cathedral. The construction was originally started in terracotta stone but was later changed to the Condoglian marble. The entire building is made up of this pink white marble. Thousands of artists, sculptors and different workers were involved in the construction of the Cathedral of Milan. Architects and engineers from across Europe were invited to work on the project and the construction dragged on for over years.
After consecration around 1418 Milan Cathedral stayed incomplete for centuries. Politics, lack of money, and so many issues kept the cathedral on standby for what seemed like forever. Napoleon finished the façade and jump to the final stages of construction in the early 19th century. Some scholars say that its construction is continuing and this could be considered the longest-worked cathedral in the world. A project to clean the building was started in 2002 and restorations and cleaning are continually taking place to keep maintain its gleaming stone.
The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian cathedral in the world. Other large in the world are cathedrals are St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, Seville’s Cathedral, The Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil. Covering a surface of 109,641 square feet its size is even more impressive as it’s the oldest church on that list.
The Duomo di Milano has the most statues in the world compare to any other building in the world. There are more than 4000 statues and figures that decorate Milan Duomo.
You can climb the stairs or take the lift (which is extremely expensive) to the rooftop to fully appreciate the architecture of the most renowned silhouette in the city. From the Terrazza (terrace) you’ll see stunning views across Milan and, the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. You can also see the famous Madonnina, the statue of Mary.
Crypt and Treasure
The crypt is located in the Chapel of Saint Charles Borromeo, where his remains are buried. You can also visit the Cathedral Treasure. The crypt of San Sepolco has recently reopened for the first time in many years. It is also known as the Crypt of Leonardo, after Leonardo da Vinci, who was so mesmerised by the beauty of the church. The crypt takes you back to the earliest days of Milan. Inside the crypt is a remarkable replica of the tomb of Christ. T
Visitors can climb down to the archaeological remains to see what is left of the Basilica di Santa Tecla and the ruins of a Christian baptistery from the fourth century. In the centre of this building you will see the remains of a large octagonal baptismal font, where, according to a legend, Saint Ambroise baptised Saint Augustin in 387.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.