Milan Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Milano is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola.The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the second largest church in Italy after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the third in the world.
It is overall made of marble, with immense statues, arches, pillars, pinnacles. The statues are about 3500, including the 96 gargoyles. The highest pinnacle is at the height of 108.5 metres, and it has on its top the statue of the Virgin Mary, best known as the “Madonnina”, covered of gold.
Visiting the Cathedral, it is possible to go on the roof where you have a overview of the city. A 200 stepped staircase or an elevator in the north side of the cathedral can take visitors up there.
Considering its construction is still continuing, this could be considered the longest-worked cathedral in the world. A five-year project to clean the building was started in 2002 and routine restorations and cleaning are continually taking place to keep maintain its gleaming stone.
More than 300 builders were constantly working on Milan Cathedral and almost half of the structure stood completed already in 1402. However, after this point, construction stalled almost totally for 80 years.
A trip to Milan without seeing Milan Cathedral is no trip at all. It is not only one of the very largest Gothic Cathedrals in the world, but also one of the largest catholic cathedrals ever built.
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