on April 7, 2013
In my opinion, appreciating the Duomo Cathedral is all about perspective and distance. It can be appreciated in two ways. The first is from afar when the visitor is struck by the pure scale of the creation and the way it dominates the Piazza del Duomo. The second is from close up when it possible to see the intricate detail of the decoration on both the exterior and the interior. It is a truly fantastic sight to see.My girlfriend and I began our experience with Duomo from close-up. This was by chance rather than design. The main reason for this was that we had parked in an area behind the cathedral and found ourselves approaching it form the rear, which is far less dramatic than the front. However, as we walked along the side of the cathedral we were astounded at the amount of statues that were carved into the walls and by the quality and details of those statues. It was truly astounding to look into the eyes of the bearded saints who loomed out of the walls and see real faces and emotions.As we reached the front, the detail went out of the window as we simply stood and stared across Piazza del Duomo at the cathedral. It's pure size and scale are magnificent. With the late afternoon sun pouring down onto the white façade it looked wonderful and had a certain heavenly feel. Even from such a difference it was easy to see that the imposing front of the building was also beautiful carved with immense detail. This was particularly true of the roof on which there is an array of tiny towers that crown the building delightfully.To go inside, there is a plethora of confusing admission option. Thankfully, you are allowed to go in just to see the main body of the cathedral. However, if you so wish there are options that allow you to see the alter, the roof, a viewing gallery the crypt and other selected areas. We opted just to see the main part of the cathedral and certainly were not disappointed.The first thing to hit you when you enter is the magnificent view from the door down to the altar. There is a wonderful combination of symmetry and perspective as the pillars rise up to the ceiling, pews line the centre of the cathedral and the floor is tiled in geometric patterns. Sadly, the cathedral charges 2Euros if you wish to take a picture of this great sight. The policy is actually enforced strictly as volunteers in red robes approach anyone taking a picture to politely ask for the fee. The architecture on the inside of the cathedral is wonderful, but the highlight for me was the ceramics on the floor that were so tiny and provided a wonderful contrast to the towering pillars.The Duomo cathedral is by far Milan's biggest attraction and is well worth the visit. My girlfriend and I were very impressed. It is in the centre of Milan and has its own metro station. Admission is free, but you can pay more to see different parts of the cathedral.
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