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.
Do not miss the Duomo's terraces, as they bring out the promise of an unusual stroll between artistic details and a panoramic view of Milan. Book your tickets online and you will benefit from priority-access tickets, which should save you a few hours of waiting in line.
Piazza del Duomo
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