Milan’s Magnificent Duomo

Milan’s magnificent Duomo stands tall and proud in the centre of the city.
Roads circle the Duomo and radiate out from here. Everything is measured in time from the Duomo. La Scala is 2 minutes from the Duomo, the Brera is 5 minutes from the Duomo, the Last Supper is a 10 minute walk from the Duomo

Duomo in Milan

Milan

Construction began in 1386 and took five centuries to complete.
Learning that there are 135 spires and nearly three thousand statues, you can understand why it took this long

Outside the Duomo in Milan

Outside the Duomo

Closeup of the doors of Milan's Duomo

Closeup of the doors

Inlaid marble floor of Milan's Duomo

Inlaid marble floor

The organ is the largest in Italy. Duomo in Milan

The organ is the largest in Italy

The light streams in through the magnificent stained glass windows

Magnificent stained glass windows in the Duomo in Milan

Stained glass windows

Stained glass window in the Duomo in Milan

Another stained glass window

Whilst there are many treasures inside the Duomo, it is the roof top that is the star.

The Duomo has recently undergone a huge cleanup and once again the magnificent pinnacles and spires that dominate the skyline, sparkle
A walk on the roof is not to be missed. The views are fantastic.
You can choose to either walk up the stairs or take the lift. Tickets for the lift can be purchased at the kiosk outside in the back right hand corner (facing the Duomo) and the lift entry is in the back left hand corner!

Spires on the roof of the Duomo in Milan

Some of the 135 spires on the roof

View of the flying buttresses on the roof of the Duomo in Milan

View of the flying buttresses

View over the rooftops from the Duomo in Milan

View over the rooftops

View from the rooftop of the Duomo in Milan

Statue on the roof of the Duomo in Milan

Statue on the roof

The Madonnina, Giuseppe Perego’s gilded bronze statue, stands on top of the main spire

Madonnina statue on the top of the Duomo in Milan

Madonnina Statue

Looking down on the sculpture in the Piazza di Duomo, Milan

Looking down on the sculpture in the Piazza

The Duomo in Milan at night

The Duomo at night

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6 Responses to Milan’s Magnificent Duomo

  1. bagnidilucca August 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    It is an amazing building. I love Milan!!!

    • Jenny August 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      I agree, it’s fabulous. There’s something about it that keeps pulling you back there year after year.

  2. burleigh heads apartments September 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    There are lot of articles on the web about this. But I like yours more, although i found one that’s more descriptive.

    • Jenny September 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

      Thankyou. I thought that, this time, I would let the photos do the talking!

  3. Cara January 18, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    What a great post. I also really enjoyed reading your ‘Top 5 places to visit in Milan’ post – there is my list right there! 🙂 Thank you for all the hints, tips and information. I’m going at the beginning of February with my parents and have been given the task of providing an itinerary for the 2 and half days we’ll be there!
    I was wondering, we’ve booked tickets for Da Vinci’s last supper, is it necessary to book tickets for the roof of Duomo as well?

    • Jenny Freedman January 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Cara. I’m happy to know that my post helped you. No it’s no necessary to book tickets for the roof top. You can either take the stairs or the lift which we did! Have fun in Milan!

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