This magnificent cathedral took about six centuries to complete to look the way it does today. Restorations are still being done to make it even more spectacular but if you ask me, it’s already such a mindblowing sight.
One thing you MUST do when visiting Milan is to walk along the rooftop and terraces of the Duomo. We opted to go up the stairs (all 300+ feet of it to burn off all the gelato we’ve eaten) which is not for the faint hearted nor the claustrophobic. You can opt to go up by the lifts… but where’s the fun in that, non?
Up the roof, you can have a closer look at the intricate details of the cathedral including the bas relief statues, gargoyles, etc. But the highlight for me is seeing the amount of work and care put into the forest of spires, each mounted with a statue of important Milanese and biblical characters. The highest spire stands over 100 meters and holds the Madonnina. There is actually a law that states no building in Milan should go past this spire’s height.
In recent years, the rooftop terraces have housed art installations including Cracking Art Group‘s blue snails and British sculptor Tony Cragg’s Paradox.
Make sure you dress (relatively) conservatively when you decide to walk inside the church for whatever purpose. Shoulders need to be covered and cleavages must be kept safe under your jumpers!
The Duomo is truly an amazing sight. It’s rather captivating and intriguing in architecture and construction (especially when you consider they didn’t have it easy many centuries ago). You clearly can’t miss it when visiting Italy’s fashion, commercial and financial centre, but more than taking selfies in front of it to tick the tourist bucket list, do take some time to explore it and appreciate its beauty and be mindblown. You seriously won’t regret it.
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I'd love to be able to visit myself one day! x
I hope you can! It's less than two hours away and the place is ideal for a weekend trip x
Anika | http://www.anikamay.co.uk
Haha, you're too kind Anika! Thank you! x
What a Gothic extravaganza (so typical of the Milanese to build something like this :D) And your outfit is gorgeous, H - in love with your coat and those shoes! xx
Tamsin / A Certain Adventure