Duomo di Milano is the cathedral of Milan in Italy. It presents a religious and artistic tale spanning more than six centuries. Its construction likely started around 1386 with an ambition to give the city a religious monument worthy of its importance. It is the city's iconic building, dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente. It is one of the most notable buildings and complexes in the world that is a mixture of late Gothic French Gothic, and Renaissance. The Duomo di Milano is considered the second-largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. It has around 3400 statues, including 96 giant gargoyles.
What to see inside the Duomo di Milano?
- The front door of the cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and each of their boxes has a biblical chapter that refers to the life of the Virgin. They are the result of the work of various Italian artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- Public access to roofs provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some impressive works of art. A clear view of the spire and pinnacle forest is a sight to behold.
- Within the Royal Palace, on Piazza del Duomo 12, is where you'll find the Duomo Museum. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day but Wednesday. A trip to the Museo del Duomo is almost like a warm-up for a trip to the cathedral: it's a serene, silent setting where sculptures can be examined closely, taking in the colors of the marble and the intricate details of one-of-a-kind works of art that were affixed to the structure. The museum is very new; although it tells a tale that spans more than 600 years, it has played a leading role in three significant exhibits.
- Visit the Music Chapel area. According to the liturgical calendar, the Music Chapel performs during the Chapter Eucharist every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and on holy days. The music scholar Matteo da Perugia was chosen as the first teacher of the Cappella Musicale in 1402 by the representatives of the Veneranda Fabbrica. When polyphony, the simultaneous singing of many melodies, was introduced, the role of the maestro di cappella became required. When he left, the Chapel was fully organized, with a master, an organist, a deputy master, and adult and young choristers.
- Check out the highest point of the cathedral - La Madonnina. It is positioned atop the cathedral's tallest tower and is said to represent the city's heart and soul. Also, observe a central spire topped by a statue of the Madonna as the first indication of the Virgin Mary's potential placement atop the Great Spire.