Milan Cathedral – Duomo di Milano, is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. Started in the 1380’s, the Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete and is built of white marble over a brick core. During its construction there were various architects involved on the building’s design including Leonardo and Bramante. It is the largest church in Italy and the fifth largest in the world and the second largest Catholic church. The Building can hold 40,000 worshippers. The Exterior boasts 135 spires topped with statues of historical figures. The tallest spire, which stands at 109m holds aloft a Golden Madonna. There are a magnificent 3,400 statues adorning the Cathedral.
Visitors can climb the steps up to the roof of the Cathedral and enjoy the wonderful views over the city of Milan and beyond.
The Duomo’s main façade went under renovation from 2003 to early 2009: as of February 2009, it has been completely uncovered, showing again the colours of the Candoglia marble.
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