Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral photo

Milan Gothic Cathedral is a grand human-made creation and one of the must-see places in Italy. Spend time in Milan and not to see this Cathedral… It is completely impossible!

Indeed, the Cathedral is situated on the main square of the city known as Piazza del Duomo, near the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The sky-looking golden statue of Madonna is the highest point of the church: it is fixed on the highest spire of the building, and it is seen from many districts of the city.

Milan Cathedral

This carefully designed building is among the most significant sights not only in Milan, but it is also one of the most famous buildings in Europe. Milan Cathedral is the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the world.

From the History of the Cathedral

Construction of the church started in 1386, although a decision to build the house was taken long before that. For several centuries, two Basilicas were standing on the place of Milan Cathedral. However, in 1075, these Basilicas were totally destroyed by a sudden fire.

The work on the Cathedral construction lasted for centuries. The main spire that is crowned with a statue of Madonna, was mounted in 1762. By the way, the Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary of the Nativity.

The greater workload of the Cathedral was finished in 1880.

Milan Cathedral inside

In 2009, the general restoration of the church was done, and the bright front of the building still gratifies both locals and tourists.

The Main Interests of Milan Cathedral

What things the tourists should pay attention first:

  • A nail that is above the altar. They say it was brought from the Christ crucifixion.
  • You should definitely examine the statue of Madonna - a patron of Milan.
  • Go to the roof of the Cathedral – a breathtaking view of the city opens up here. Use the stairs or elevator to get to the top of the church.
  • The next sight in Milan that can grab your attention is the mausoleum of Giacomo Medici.
  • And, of course, you should see the statue of Saint Bartholomew who was undergone the terrible trials – all his skin was torn off.

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Following a tradition of the Gothic style, Milan Cathedral is decorated with a number of various sculptures. Basically, most of them are the remarkable samples. For example, the female figures in the center of the façade generally regarded as a prototype of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

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Useful Information

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milan MI, Italy

Opening Hours:

Milan Cathedral — every day from 8 am to 7 pm.

The Crypt of St. Charles Borromeus:

  • Monday – Friday: from 11 am to 5:30 pm;
  • Saturday: from 11 am to 5 pm;
  • Sunday: from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

The Cathedral Museum — daily from 10 am to 6 pm (Wednesday is a day off).

Balcony (viewing platform) — daily from 9 am to 7 pm.

The Baptistry of St. Stephen — daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Ticket Prices:

  • «DUOMO PASS» on elevator — € 16,50 (children under 12 years old - € 8,50);
  • «DUOMO PASS» by stairs — € 12,50 (children under 12 years old - € 6,50);
  • «Balcony on elevator» — € 13,50 (children under 12 years old - € 7,50);
  • «Balcony by stairs» — € 9,50 (children under 12 years old - € 5,00);
  • «Cathedral + Museum» — € 3,50 (children under 12 years old - € 2,50);
  • «Cathedral + Museum + Baptistry» — € 7,50 (children under 12 years old - € 3,50).

Milan Cathedral on Milan map

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