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The Duomo: Milan would not be Milan without its cathedral.

art & culture

Looking as if it is made of lace, the Duomo is breath-taking in its beauty. Milan's cathedral is at the epicentre of the city's cultural and economic life.

Once upon a time, in the 14th century, the Milanese lord, Gian Galeazza Visconti, wanted to build a cathedral that reflected his omnipotence. He chose to build it out of the most precious marble, from Candoglia in Piedmont.

Unfortunately, this marble is as fragile as it is rare. Exposed to wind, sun, rain, even just air, it oxidises and deteriorates, and nothing can stop this process. Though it was scarcely completed, the cathedral was already fated for destruction. Pieces must be changed regularly. That is why, over the centuries, its style has evolved. It has gone from neo-Gothic to Gothic with a slight Baroque influence.

Its 136 spires and 3,500 statues have earned it its affectionate nickname, ‘the marble hedgehog'. Its interior is just as beautiful, thanks to the crucifix by Leonardo da Vinci.

Le Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
20 122 Milan

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