Cathedral of Milan

Cathedral of Milan

The most famous attraction of Milan is also one of the largest churches in the world.

All the streets lead to the Dome. Officially, it’s the Cathedral of Milan. It is the most representative building from Milan. Location of the Milan Cathedral centuries represents the center of the city of Milan. At this location since the mid-4th century were located Basilica Tekle and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. It is interesting that these two basilicas seemed a kind of one, or a two-part cathedral, and each had its own nickname, in accordance with the period when they are in one of them often held religious ceremonies. Thus St. Tekla was the ‘summer’ basil and Santa Maria Maggiore ‘winter’. This is somewhat unusual cathedral complex held more than a thousand years.

Changes came in 1386, when the archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo unveiled a plan to build a new, magnificent cathedral. Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti supported the plan and established a company to build and maintain the Cathedral (Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano), which has started the realization of the magnificent project.The Milan Dome carries several architectural styles. Of course, first of all is known as the Gothic building, one of the most famous in the world, but they are visible and Renaissance elements, incurred mostly during the time of St. Charles Borromeo, who was archbishop of Milan in the second half of the 16th century. What makes today the most famous cathedral – beautiful facade with numerous decorative elements – was completed in the 19th century.  You can take in the view from the Duomo roof, Milan’s extravagant Gothic cathedral, 600 years in the making, aptly reflects the city’s creativity and ambition. It is imposing interior contains some magnificent treasures but, for a truly breathtaking experience, climb the 150 steps (or take the lift) to the roof. Sometimes it is a little bit crowded but still a very beautiful tourist place especially at night.

Visiting the Duomo in Milan

Baptistery

In the 4th century, when the Milan Cathedral consisted of two basilicas, in this area were located and two baptistery. The older of them, Santo Stefano alle fonts, is known for being in it probably baptized a great Doctor of the Church of St. Ambrose. Another baptistery, San Giovanni alle Fonti, except for its age, famous is because he had it built St. Ambrose, who was there 387 years baptized another famous saint – St. Augustine, one of the most influential and best-known Christian thinkers.

The roof

Usually the most interesting part of the Cathedral for the visitors is the roof. On which you can succeed if you pay the ticket. Except that in this way I can see many details carved sculptures, with which one can enjoy a magnificent views of Milan.

Cathedral Museum

Cathedral Museum contains a number of valuable works, mainly related to the construction and the formation of the cathedral, but there are kept and several exhibits that are a little older and originate from, for example, the 5th century. In addition to paintings, tapestries and sculptures, the museum is located and historically significant cathedral treasuries.

Sculptures

Milan cathedral is decorated with thousands of sculptures, many of which are actually decorative elements smaller. They can be found everywhere, and images of saints, martyrs, religious leaders and similar motives. Many of these rights are masterpieces and worth to pay attention to precisely sculptured forms emerged through the efforts of the old masters.

Milan is always in season, it’s always crowded. Milan is famous for being a center of art, music and education since antiquity and as a center of fashion in modern times. It has a soul, and it offers soooo much. You will enjoy, visit Milan for a new experience. Also, you can read more about this amazing city here.

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