Visiting the Cathedral-Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary in Milan (Basilica cattedrale metropolitana di Santa Maria Nascente di Milano), the museum and the roof of the cathedral it takes several hours. In November we were lucky that there were no queues for tickets, no crowds in the cathedral, the museum was almost empty. To enter the cathedral you must: buy a ticket, stand in a queue, pass security check almost like at the airport. Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office in the building on the right side of the cathedral. When purchasing a ticket, you must decide whether you want to take the elevator to the roof or go up the stairs.
Basilica in Milan
View of the basilica decorations and Piazza del Duomo from the roof terrace of the temple.
What to see in Milan
The cathedral is one of the main tourist attractions in Milan and in my opinion it is worth seeing this pearl of architecture. The marble facade makes a huge impression - you can stand for hours and admire thousands of sculptures.
The interior of the cathedral
The nave of the Cathedral of the Birth of St. Maria in Milan - here you can see the greatness - it is one of the largest churches in the world.
Main nave vault
The cathedral's dimensions are impressive - length: 157 m, width: 93 m, height: 108.5 m.
Visiting the cathedral
The cathedral has many chapels, paintings, stained glass, beautiful sculptures and carvings, graves: saints and church dignitaries. Some caskets are made of glass and you can see bodies with varying degrees of decomposition. There are also relics here. The most important relic is one of the nails with which Jesus was crucified. To see this "holy nail" you should go to the cathedral on September 14, that day, every year, the nail is shown to the faithful.
Crypt under the main altar
There is a richly decorated crypt under the main altar in the cathedral. The relics of Saint Charles Borromeo are in this crypt. I am always surprised by various relics ... The entrance to the crypt is to the right of the altar.
While visiting the cathedral, you can enter the archaeological zone. There are the foundations of early Christian buildings.
Entrance to the roof of the cathedral
On the observation terrace on the roof of the Cathedral can be reached by stairs or elevator. The stairs are outside the cathedral on the left.
La Madonnina - The Gold Madonna statue at the top of the cathedral made by Giuseppe Perego.
A walk on the roof
You can closely admire the art of architects and sculptors while walking on the roof.
The cathedral was built of white and pink marble, which was delivered from the Condoglia quarries in the Alps.
Visiting the roof of the cathedral
The roof of the cathedral is decorated with numerous marble sculptures, gargoyles and 135 pinnacles (stone towers topped from the top with statues of saints). Visiting the roof with taking pictures took us over an hour.
Museum of the Milan Cathedral
A ticket to the cathedral also includes admission to the Cathedral Museum (Museo del Duomo).
Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte
While visiting the museum, you can also enter the church of Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte.
Loneliness in Milan
Main city square. Thousands of people. They go, stand, sit on the stone stairs. Several children try to catch pigeons. Sometimes someone rides a bike.
A lot of tourists from all over the world. Almost everyone photographs, most mainly themselves. They digitize reality. Many completely in the virtual life. Some proudly carry a few paper bags with known logos of producers of expensive unnecessary things. A long queue to the cathedral. Some "businessmen" are trying to get from tourists a few euros for a colorful string ("it's a gift" or "it is free my friend") or a handful of crumbs for pigeons ... Day by day, year by year... millions of people ... and everyone in this crowd more and more alone ...
21st century temple
Just a few dozen meters from the cathedral is the temple of the 21st century - a shopping center: The Victor Emmanuel II Gallery, which with a wealth of interiors and a stunning facade can fight the cathedral for "souls of the faithful."
Duomo di Milano
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