Patience can turn out to be a beautiful experience as with Duomo, the fourth largest and opulent Gothic cathedral whose construction was spread over five centuries until Napolean came into the picture and ordered it to be completed in 1809. The spot on which it is erected is famously known as Piazza Duomo and has been sacred for the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Duomo was the enterprise of Gian Galeazzo Visconti who donated the bricks & marble that beautifies the cathedral and forms the main part of its structure.
The inspiring cathedral is Italy’s last Gothic works and is accentuated by 135 brilliant marble spires, 3,400 statues and 96 gargoyles that transport us back to the medieval times. When visited during the summer, the sunshine as it filters through the stained glass mosaic windows embodies the 40,000 church worshippers with the feelings of belief, faith, religion and culture. The inside of the cathedral is as grand and spacious as the Visconti family would have liked it be. The nave which touches a height of 45 meters is the highest for any cathedral. Divided into five aisles, the cathedral houses the tomb of Gian Giacomo Medici, its most important benefactor. Every May and September the cathedral puts on view a nail from the cross of Christ for which thousands of devout Christians from all over the world visit the Duomo. Each and every nook and corner of cathedral is worth viewing and its work of art to be praised. The kind of artistic decoration that the structure has been endowed with is nowhere to be seen today.
Opening Hours: Duomo: daily 6:50am-7pm. Roof: daily 7am-7pm. Crypt: daily 9am-noon and 2:30-6pm. Baptistery: Tues-Sun 10am-noon and 3-5pm.
Address: Via Arcivescovada 1 - 20122 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 72022656
Fax No: +39 02 72022419