By MJ, Editor and ELE Travel Writer
Great buildings don’t come much greater than Milan’s stunning cathedral, the Duomo di Milano. This epic house of worship took over six centuries to complete and is Italy’s largest cathedral and one of the world’s most majestic.
The focal point of the city, with roads leading to from every angle, the cathedral is located in the central Piazza del Duomo and draws millions of visitors each year who come to admire its gothic architecture, delicate marble beauty and thousands of statues and spires.
The Duomo enjoys a rich history, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy here, it survived bomb damage during the Second World War and it houses a nail and part of the cross from Jesus’ crucifixion, which are celebrated each year in September with the The Rite of the Nivola ceremony.
Having been constructed over such a long period of time the cathedral is a mix of styles and quality that have drawn admiration and condemnation in equal measures, but whatever your thoughts on its architectural style there is no escaping the sheer size and magnificence of the building. With a capacity to fit 40,000 worshippers and marble spires which almost look like lacework, the Duomo commands attention from every angle.
Of course, the interior of the cathedral is magnificent however it is on the rooftops that you can get a true appreciation for its beauty. Visitors are able to climb the many stairs to the roof (or pay a little extra to ascend by elevator), and wander around its terrazza taking in the breathtaking views of the city.
Tickets are available from the ticket office at the right side of the cathedral but be warned it is very busy in peak months so if you are travelling over these times try to visit at the beginning or end of the day when crowds have somewhat subsided.
For more information including opening hours and ticket prices, visit the cathedral’s official website here.