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Il Duomo di Milano is the cathedral of Milan in Lombardy, Italy. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The cathedral is famous throughout the world for its significance in the promulgation of the Christian faith, for its role in the establishment of Catholic traditions of worship, its outstanding musical heritage and the splendour of its Gothic architecture.
Built from the late 14th well into the 19th century (and in a sense, never completed as work continues), the Duomo di Milano is one of the world’s largest churches, being second in size within Italy only to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and being the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world, after the Cathedral of Seville in Spain. The interior height of its central nave is surpassed only by the remaining choir of Beauvais Cathedral in France
The roof is open to tourists (for a fee), which allows many a close-up view of some really spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated.
The cathedral’s five wide naves, divided by forty pillars, are reflected in the hierarchic openings of the facade. Even the transepts have aisles. The roofline dissolves into openwork pinnacles that are punctuated by a grove of spires. The huge building is of brick construction, faced with marble from Gian Galeazzo Visconti donated in perpetuity to the cathedral chapte placing the Candoglia’s quarry at the Fabbrica’s disposal. Its maintenance and repairs are very complicated.
•Length: 157 metres (515 feet)
•Width at transept: 92 metres (302 feet)
•Internal width of nave: 16.75 metres (55 feet)
•Internal height of nave: 45 metres (148 feet)
•Height of nave columns: 24.5 metres (80 feet)
•Height of central octagon: 65.5 metres (215 feet)
•Height of spire: 106.5 metres (350 feet)
•Dimensions of apsidal windows: 20.7 × 8.5 metres (68 × 28 feet)
•The Cathedral can hold 40,000 people.
•Location: 45°27′51″N, 9°11′27″E .