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Milan's cathedral as never seen before | Read to learn more

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

General Information ℹ️

Location: Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 20122 Milan, Italy 🇮🇹

Architect: Simone da Orsenigo

Style: Italian/ Rayonnant Gothic

Construction Start Date: 1386

Website: Milan Duomo

Tickets: at Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket from 14.92£

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Architectural Insight

The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world and remains incomplete for centuries. They say there are more statues on this gothic-style cathedral than any other building in the world. There are 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures that decorate Milan Duomo! Climb the stairs or take the lift to the rooftop to fully appreciate the architecture of the most renowned silhouette in the city. The highest point of the dome occupies the Madonnina (Little Madonna), the 4.16 meters (13.6 feet) large golden statue at 108.5 meters (356 feet) height shines afar in the sun.

Engineering Insight

Plan View of Cathedral

Construction began in 1386 and finished centuries after in 1965 taking an astonishing 579 years to build. The materials used were Brick with local Candoglia marble. Three main buildings had to be demolished prior to the construction works could start. as a starting point in 1386, 300 workers led by chief engineer Simone da Orsenigo were appointed to the project. The cathedral can accommodate a capacity of 40,000 spectators.

Dimensions specifications : 158.6 x 92 x 108 metres


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