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Milan Cathedral, Italy

From Wikipedia

Milan Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Milano; Milanese: Domm de Milan) is the cathedral church of Milan in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi.The Gothic cathedral took five centuries to complete and is the fourth-largest church in the world.

Milan’s layout, with streets either radiating from the Duomo or circling it, reveals that the Duomo occupies what was the most central site in Roman Mediolanum, that of the public basilica facing the forum. Saint Ambrose’s ‘New Basilica’ was built on this site at the beginning of the 5th century, with an adjoining basilica added in 836. When a fire damaged both buildings in 1075, they were later rebuilt as the Duomo

The cathedral of Milano is often described as one of the greatest churches in the world. The ground plan is of a nave with five aisles, crossed by a transept and then followed by choir and apsis. The height of the nave is about 45 meters, the highest Gothic vaults of a complete church (less than the 48 meters of Beauvais Cathedral that was never completed).

The roof is open to tourists (for a fee), which allows many a close-up view of some spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated. The roof of the cathedral is renowned for the forest of openwork pinnacles and spires, set upon delicate flying buttresses.

The cathedral’s five wide naves, divided by 40 pillars, are reflected in the hierarchic openings of the facade. Even the transepts have aisles. The nave columns are 24.5 metres (80 ft) high, and the apsidal windows are 20.7 × 8.5 metres (68 × 28 feet). The huge building is of brick construction, faced with marble from the quarries which Gian Galeazzo Visconti donated in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter. Its maintenance and repairs are very complicated.

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Comments

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Phenomenal dear Denis- in large format moreso!

  • Hundred thanks Rosie and for the fav!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago

    ti ezdesh
    ja na dache sezhu
    kak tam v Moskve???

  • V Moskve ochen zharko (+36C) i smoke krugom, v subbotu v Horvatiyu poedu na 2 nedele

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAabout 4 years ago

    A beautiful image of a very majestic and ornate cathedral, Denis!!!

  • Thank you so much Phil!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago

    nebil tam
    u nas nochiu dozhdi, no tozhe zarko 27-29… vlazhno ochen….

  • Harry Oldmeadow
    Harry Oldmeadowabout 4 years ago

    a magnificent shot of this glorious building Denis

  • Thanks a lot my friend!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyabout 4 years ago

    wonderful capture Denis.

  • Thank you Trevor!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Super picture and colours, Denis

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 4 years ago

    very nice

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • vadim19
    vadim19about 4 years ago

    Wonderful work, Denis! Love the Cathedral!

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