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  • Don't be fooled by its apparent unity of style.

  • The Duomo has been built over more than five centuries

  • having been started in the 14th century and finished with the façade in the 19th century.

  • In fact it's still being built because the cathedral is so complex and fragile

  • that it needs continuous restorations. Sculptors are always at work

  • restoring and substituting some of its more than 3,000 marble statues

  • so that the enormous cathedral is continuously rebuilding itself

  • in the same way a human body is continuously substituting its old cells with new ones.

  • To fully appreciate the Duomo I suggest you first have a walk around it

  • to appreciate the gigantic scale and the magnificent view from the back

  • which is the oldest part of the cathedral.

  • Then you can get a ticket for the terraces and take the elevator up to the rooftop

  • or climb the two hundred steps if you're the sporty type.

  • From the roof, if it's a clear day

  • you can not only fully appreciate the marble forest of pinnacles, spires and statues

  • but also enjoy magnificent views of the city centre.

  • Finally you can enter the cathedral,

  • just remember to have a suitable dress, no shorts or mini skirts for example

  • otherwise you could be denied entrance.

  • Once inside there are so many things to notice and appreciate

  • but I will now highlight only two details: the colorful stained glass windows

  • which shine into the rather dark interior,

  • and the amazing Saint Bartholomew statue near the back door entrance,

  • an example of incredible sculpting ability.

  • Even if somewhat gory with the saint bearing his skin taken away from the body

  • during the martyrdom.

  • The Duomo square offers at least two other highlights apart from the Duomo itself:

  • the Palazzo Reale, which hosts the most important temporary art exhibitions in the city

  • and the recently opened Museo del Novecento,

  • a tribute to the importance of Milan in the 20th century artistic scene.

  • In fact Milan has been the epicenter of important artistic movements,

  • from Futurism to Arte Povera, which are well represented in the brand new museum.

  • Especially impressive is the Lucio Fontana hall with spectacular views over the Duomo square.

Don't be fooled by its apparent unity of style.

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Duomo di Milano: a short guide to the cathedral of Milan

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    阿多賓 posted on 2015/01/04
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