Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by stef7sa on November 9, 2011

Definitely the most famous sight of Milan, the Duomo Santa Maria Nascente is also one of the largest religious buildings in the world. Its splendidly white marble facade with thousands of spires and statues opens up to the large Piazza del Duomo, where all great festivities of Milan take place (like Inter or Milan soccer championships).

Walk around the building for an impression of its size and beauty, then enter through one of the 20th century bronze doors. The space inside is impressive. The very large stained-glass windows behind the choir in the back are spectacular.

You may also visit the crypt, the treasury and the underground baptistery (where St.Ambrose baptized St. Augustine), remains of the 4th century Santa Tecla basilica.

The one thing not to miss is to visit the roof (by stairs or elevator) where you enjoy a panoramic view of the city and possibly the Alps. It also allows you have a closer look at the statues among which the gilded copper Madonnina. A virtual view from the roof is available at the 360cities website.

In summer you might be so lucky as to be able to attend one of the few concerts on the roof terrace. Must be a spectacular experience! See the Viviilduomo website for the calendar of events.

Audio guides are available at the Duomo Info Point (Via Arcivescovado) and recommended.

Fully accessible to the disabled.
Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Milan, Lombardy

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