Duomo di Milano: An Italian Gem

The Duomo di Milano is probably the most iconic structure in all of Milan, Italy. It is the largest cathedral in Italy, the 3rd largest in Europe and the 4th largest in all the world! I had seen this beautiful cathedral many times on Instagram, and was super excited to see it in person this fall during a short trip to Milan.

I have to say, the Duomo di Milano is even more impressive in-person than it is in photos. The intricacy of the façade is just breathtaking and stands as real testimony to extent of human ingenuity.

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano History

Construction for the seminal cathedral began in 1386 – and took nearly 6 long centuries to complete! Due to financial and creative delays, progress on the massive structure stalled, despite the input from French engineers like Nicolas de Bonaventure.

It wasn’t until 1805 when Napoleon Bonaparte, about to be crowded King of Italy ordered designer Carlo Pellicani to finish the cathedral. Finally, in 1965, the final touches were put in place!

Duomo di Milano

Visiting the Duomo di Milano

You can visit the Duomo di Milano most days of the week for a small fee. An additional fee gets you access to the roof where you can admire the stunning spires up close, and catch a phenomenal view of the Milanese rooftops.

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano
Piazza del Duomo
Milano, Italy

November 05, 2015

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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