The very first time you cast a gaze on the “Duomo di Milano“, you’ll immediately understand why it is one of the city’s most notable and popular tourist attractions.
Taking over 600 years to complete, the cathedral is the largest in all of Italy. As the construction process was so lengthy, the finished piece is a mixture of architectural styles.
There are those who love the grandeur of the cathedral while others find fault. Art critic, John Ruskin feels that the styles are stolen “from every style in the world: and every style spoiled. The cathedral is a mixture of Perpendicular with Flamboyant, the latter being peculiarly barbarous and angular, owing to its being engrafted, not on a pure, but a very early penetrative Gothic“.
Whatever you think, the duomo’s certainly a commanding and breath taking structure. Said Mark Twain in 1867, “However you look at it, the cathedral is noble and beautiful. Wherever you are in Milan or within seven miles from Milan, it is visible, and when there is no other that can compete with him in attracting attention.”
For a small fee you can take the lift (6 euros) or stairs (4 euros) to the rooftop where you can observe the intricate architectural detailing. There are a lot of spires!
While on the rooftop last month, I snapped this photo that really highlights some of this detailing. The building in the background provides a lovely contrast.