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June 10, 2013
From journal Meraviglioso Milano
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
April 7, 2013
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Montecalvo versiggia, Italy
November 9, 2011
St. Augustine, Florida
October 31, 2011
From journal One Day in Milan
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December 18, 2010
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July 15, 2010
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A Day in Milan,
One Day in Milan
June 21, 2003
Construction of this ancient church began in 1386, but not completed until the 19th century - when Napoleon was crowned king of Italy.
We walked around the entire Duomo to get our bearings . . . more like gazed wide eyed and open jawed and somehow managed to move one foot in front of the other. Totally amazing . . . you have to see it to truelly understand. The statues and the spectacularity of the details is truelly astounding. Everything seems to tell a story even the doors. And the whole time, I felt as if I was lower on the 'ladder' of life than the sinners as the bottom sculptures. The doors were kinda creepy -- like the ones in the film The Haunting.
Being inside was a conflicting experience. On the one hand we were intruding on people's place of prayer, on the other I wanted to see all the items described in the DK guide book. There's supposed to be a nail from Jesus' cross on display, but the limited access made it difficult to see properly. The stained glass windows also seem to give me the 'bottom of the ladder' feeling. There's an ancient bapistry that you can pay to enter. It's where St Ambrose baptised St Augustine in AD387 -- just remember that all info's in Italian.
And then the big moment we paid to walk up to the roof. Considering how hot it was during our stay (+30 degrees Celcius most days), the step climbing could have been avoided by taking the (more expensive) lift. If you're only in Milan for one day, or a few hours . . . you HAVE to get up to the roof of the Duomo. It's mandatory. I went camera trigger happy up there. And that was just taking pics of the actual Duomo's roof, let alone the city view!
Just be careful to avoid the pigeon feeders as you cross the piazza to get to the Duomo -- they tend to put the feed in your hands without your consent and then . . . the pigeons come.
From journal Church hopping in Milan