Duomo, the cathedral of Milan

Heart and iconic symbol of Milan, the Duomo boasts many records. It is the third largest cathedral in the world after the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome and the Cathedral of Seville. It was built in a really long time, as milanese people took almost six centuries to build it. Its buliding is intimately connected to the history of the town. The Cathedral has also an abundance of decorative details. Particularly with regard to sculptures, as on the Duomo there are about 3,400 statues, of which 1,100 inside the cathedral and 2,300 outside it, culminating with the famous golden Mary, called “Madonnina” by Milanese people. She is placed on the main spire on protection of Milanese citizens. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary.

The cathedral of Milan represents a unique synthesis between Gothic style and Lombard artistic tradition. Inside, you can admire the fascinating stained glass windows that make up an impressive artistic decorative cycle. There are also important masterpieces such as the tomb of Gian Giacomo Medici, called the Medeghino by Leone Leoni, or the curious statue of Saint Bartholomew.

Time length: about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

How you can get there: Metro/Subway MM1 red line Duomo stop; Metro/Subway MM3 Yellow line Duomo stop; tram via Orefici: 2 – 3 – 4 – 12 – 14 – 19 – 20 – 24 – 27