DUOMO DI MILANO (MILAN CATHEDRAL)

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Piazza del Duomo, 12
  Milan
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With its 12 000 m ² surface area, its 108,5 m high and its 3 400 statues, the Duomo is one of the largest churches in Europe, just after Saint Peter Basilica in Rome and Seville Cathedral in Spain. A marble mountain with hundreds of statues, the Duomo is the real icon of Milan, and its crenellated silhouette has become a real trademark, printed on the packages of panettoni at Christmas. For the visitor who joins the square by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, it is the brightness of the white marble of the facade which is surprising first. Its construction was a real adventure over six centuries. The first stone was asked in 1386 at the request of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Lord of Milan, to replace the two pre-existing cathedrals, Santa Tecla and Santa Maria Maggiore, and to devote the expansion of his duchy. Yet it was only after the Second World War that the building was definitively finished. The amazing duration of the work therefore explains the incredible synthesis of different styles that make it up. Architects, carpenters, masons and craftsmen of half of Europe participated in its construction throughout the centuries. But the first actor remains the marble of Candoglia, an essential material that makes up most of the construction. Overtaking the traditional Lombardy red brick, the heavy marble blocks were transported by boat from the cellars of the Val d'Ossola, north of Lake Maggiore, to Milan, along the rivers Toce, Ticino and then on the Navigli, the canals of Milan today covered. Cherished by the sun, the marble of the Duomo is tinged with pink and green reflections, giving the cathedral a mystical poetry.

Facade. Watching closely, we can see how the Duomo is a patchwork of styles: double slope facade from the Lombard novel, Renaissance style with some concessions to the baroque on the broken tympans tympans, Gothic style (or neo-Gothic) in arches of the top windows, up to the crenellated roof which like lace breaks in the sky from one foothills to the other… The central portal dates from only 1908; works by Ludovico Pogliaghi, representing the Joy and Pain of the Virgin. Five powerful foothills share the facade in several parts corresponding to the inner vessels.

Interior. If, within the cathedral, the light is much more tenuous, it does not deprive itself of playing with its reflections: When the sun shines through the beautiful glass-panelled windows, éclats of colours break on the powerful 52 towers that support the nave. Of the 52, one for each week of the year, four of them support the octagonal dome. Curious, the upper part of each is decorated by high capitals where, within small niches, saints, prophets and martyrs, they find their place. Beautiful stained glass windows decorate naves and transepts. The oldest dates from the end of the 1980 th century (glass glass of St. John's and glass glass in the New Testament, 1st and 5 th span of the right nave), the most recent of the s. For the anecdote, the stained glass windows were destroyed by the blows of cannon fired for Napoleon's coronation in Milan in 1805. The gold crucifix above the choir would contain the relic of a nail of the True Cross, which a very design religious celebration (the Nivola) devotes every year in September. The transept and the choir form a monumental set; In the left transept chapel, there is a great bronze of bronze, a wonderful Parisian goldsmith from the th century. The statue of Saint Barthélémy torment is in the right transept. Works by the sculptor Marco d'Agrate around 1562, she bears her remains on the shoulders and illustrates the passion of anatomy very fashionable at the time among the artists. Finally, the visit of the crypt of the Duomo shows the remains of the christian baptistery who originally occupied the site. Its contours were redesigned much later on the of the cathedral.

Terraces. After the glare of the exterior, followed by the shadow atmosphere of the interior, the Duomo offers a last experiment rarely proposed by the similar Gothic cathedrals: access to roof terraces. The terrazze del Domo is a great place to stay in a lift or on foot (after 158 steps of a narrow spiral staircase). From here, the landscape allows to see the new skyline of the city, with sunny weather the Tops of the Alps on the horizon. More than 130 stone arrows come to the sky, each with his group of saints suspended in marble niches. Small and fragile seen from the bottom, they seem to be immense. In the center of this hanging terrace is the mighty tower behind the cathedral, almost an isolated chapel which hosts the golden statue of the other icon of Milan, the Madonnina. 4 m high, the golden statue of the Virgin Mary, to whom the Duomo is dedicated, has been watching Milan since 1774. From the top of its 108,5 metres, it dominates the city. The best time to climb on the terraces remains the sunset, letting the traveller savour the nuances of marble even more.

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Open every day from 9am to 6pm in summer, from 9.30am to 4.30pm in winter (9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays). Duomo entrance: 3 €. Terraces open from 9am to 7pm. Full price: 14 € per elevator, 10 € on foot.

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General note: 4.6/5
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Visited in september 2019
Incontournable et incroyable
Le Duomo est certes un incontournable, mais c'est surtout un monument magnifique et surprenant ! Immense, il impose, avec cette place dénuée de reliefs, la grandeur du Duomo s'impose. L'intérieur est magnifique et imposant également, prévoyez le temps de visiter et repérer tous les objets et mobiliers intéressants, la statuaire, les retables...
Mais bien sûr le clou du spectacle, ce sont les terrasses !! La vue est sublime et l'expérience très sympathique. Essayez de choisir un créneau appréciable, pour ne pas avoir trop de monde ni trop de soleil.
Notice filed on 06/01/2020 
5/5
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Visited in november 2019
A visiter absolument
Lieu incontournable de Milan. Ne partez pas de la ville tant que vous n’avez pas fait la visite église + les toits ( vue à couper le souffle). Pensez à réserver votre billet à l´avance pique éviter la foule !
Notice filed on 03/26/2020 
5/5
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Visited in april 2019
INCONTOURNABLE A MILAN
A faire absolument lorsqu'on visite Milan, magnifique Cathédrale. Il faut aussi monter sur le toit pour pouvoir admirer la vue mais aussi tous les recoins de cette cathédrale.
La place du Duomo est incontournable
Notice filed on 03/02/2020 
5/5
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Visited in february 2020
trop de monde
Malheureusement pas visité car trop de monde, mais la partie extérieure est vraiment sublime avec tous ces détails ! A voir absolument, mais vous ne pourrez de toute façon pas le manquer ...
Notice filed on 03/01/2020 
5/5
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Visited in february 2019
duomo Milan inattendu
la promenade sur le toit de la cathedrale est vraiment unique et inattendue. A faire pour découvrir Milan d'en haut
Notice filed on 02/03/2020 
4/5
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Visited in april 2019
El Duomo
L'intérieur, les terrasses : tout est magnifique et à voir
Notice filed on 01/21/2020 
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Visited in august 2019
Duomo Milan
Fabuleuse réalisation, le Duomo surprend d'abord par l'extérieur, surmontant la place, puis l'intérieur est encore plus impressionnant par la majesté des décors et la beauté des vitraux car j'ai eu la chance d'y aller lors d'une belle journée ensoleillée et les rayons du soleils à travers les vitraux donnaient une impression d’irréalité...
Notice filed on 11/25/2019 
3/5
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Visited in november 2019
Interesting, but assaulted by tourists
It is a masterpiece of northern italian architecture. On the tiburio with 8 sides even leonardo worked with bramante. The gargoilles and the windows are fantastic. The columns immense are not able to keep the church alive inside. Only san bartolomeo scarnificato is worth to see
Notice filed on 11/23/2019 
5/5
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Visited in june 2019
Cathédrale gothique immense d'une beauté incomparable à visiter obligatoirement si vous êtes de passage dans la région. Continuer la visite des terrasses par le toit, c'est extraordinaire. Un des plus beaux joyaux de l'Italie du Nord.
Notice filed on 11/04/2019 
5/5
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Visited in november 2018
Splendide
Ce moment est le symbole de Milan. Sur la place centrale on peut admirer la façade de la cathédrale. Il faut payer pour la visiter. C'est un incontournable !
Notice filed on 11/03/2019 
4/5
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Visited in august 2019
Très beau
Le dôme est un incontournable si l'on passe par Milan.
Notice filed on 10/31/2019 
5/5
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Visited in july 2019
beau batiment
très belle construction, extérieur à voir de jour comme de nuit. attention, il faut prendre les tickets à l'office de tourisme situé un peu plus loin. prévoir d'avoir les bras et les genoux couverts femmes et hommes. visite possible de la terrasse à ne pas manquer. 300 marches à frimper mais vue magnifique sur l'environnement et sur les détails des gargouilles. un incontournable de Milan.
Notice filed on 09/29/2019 
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Visited in june 2019
Magnifique
Visite magnifique, une cathédrale exceptionnelle qui en vaut le détour. Seul inconvénient, pour payer des tickets ce n’est pas très bien expliqué et latente et très longue (1h juste pour avoir les tickets...) et si on est en short et débardeur, ils font payer une sorte d’allese blanche à se mettre sur sois.. (encore un moyen de se faire des sous). Cote financier dommage maisninfrastructure magnifique
Notice filed on 09/03/2019 
5/5
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Visited in august 2019
Magnifique
Sur la Place centrale de Milan, lieu incontournable de la capitale de la Lombardie. Je vous conseille de monter au dessus la vue est époustouflante.
Notice filed on 09/01/2019 
3/5
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Visited in june 2019
visite et achat ticket
Vous pouvez acheter un ticket à 3€ pour visiter uniquement la cathédrale. Il faut juste savoir que le lieu d'achat se situe dans un bâtiment annexe dans une ruelle à la droite de la cathédrale à environ 50 m (entrée à droite).
J'ai trouvé que l'extérieur était bcp plus magnifique que l'intérieur.
Notice filed on 08/30/2019 

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