Quadrilatero d'Oro
Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II

The Duomo

The Duomo is the cathedral church of Milan and the seat of the Archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola. It is just breathtaking. Image
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One of the largest churches in Europe, it stands 354 feet tall and has 3,500 statues, 135 spires, 95 gargoyles, and a copper figure of the Madonna covered in 3,900 sheets of gold leaf. Image
Construction began on the Gothic structure in 1386 and took 500 years to complete. It was Napoleon who pressed for its completion; he crowned himself King of Italy there in 1805. Image
In addition to going inside the Cathedral, I was able to go up on the roof, where the architectural detail (as well as the view of the city and distant Italian Alps) is just mind boggling. Image
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Sadly, given the poor state of the Italian economy and resulting cuts to its culture budget, it's proving difficult to raise funds needed for ongoing repair and maintenance of a structure that old and large. So they've resorted to putting the gargoyles up for "adoption" (for a 6 figure donation you can get your name carved under it) and running a large video advertising screen on the repair scaffolding. Gross. Image
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