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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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  • Petehamilton
    Petehamiltonabout 4 years ago

    Wish I was there Denis!!! Beautiful work!

  • Thank you mate and for the fav!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Denis. It’s about 55 years since I was in Milan last but didn’t get to see the Duomo. You’ve whetted my appetite.

  • Thank you David for all your kind comments!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • linaji
    linajiabout 4 years ago

    great perspective at how big this truly is.. wow!

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Babbler
    Babblerabout 4 years ago

    beautiful photo

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture !!!!! ☺♥

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Habout 4 years ago

    must visit place! fantastic capture!

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    sensational capture

  • Thank you Kathy!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous!! Excellent City view!

  • simoneb
    simonebabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture Denis!!

  • andy551
    andy551about 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot of this beautiful place.

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