Duomo Cathedral and the Rooftop

    The Duomo of Milan, ever since the very beginning of its unique project among the European cathedrals, has been designed not only as a place where to pray, but even a wonder to be admired in its infinite details, a place to live, walk around, stop and enjoy the views.

    The Cathedral
    This triumph of decoration is remarkable in many ways:
    – For its sheer size, covering 12,000 square metres, it was the largest church in Christendom until St. Peter’s was built in Rome;
    – It is a prayer in stone. for its intricacy of the decoration, extending to the most inaccessible parts of the roof structure.
    – It has a total of 3,400 statues.
    – It took around 600 years to build, ending in 1960 when the last bronze door was put into place.

     

    The Rooftop
    More than 60 meters above the ground, the walkways on the terraces, all carved in Candoglia marble, allow you to take a closer look at the splendid spires, the bas-reliefs and all the minute decorations such as pinnacles, tracery and flying buttresses.
    On the tallest spire is the “Madonnina”, a four-metre, gold-leaf covered statue of Mary, which is now one of the symbols of Milan. An elevator carries up visitors wishing to avoid the 201-step climb. But be aware that there are still some stairs to be climbed at the top and the surface is rather uneven.

     

    The Museum
    The Duomo Museum was opened in 1953, to house and exhibit the huge amount of material connected with its construction. Presently it houses a large collection of historical and artistic treasures, a precious record of the history of the Cathedral, including an extensive display of sculptures, stained glass, paintings, tapestries and embroideries, terracotta studies and large architectural specimens. The artworks cover a period spanning from the 15th to the 20th century.