Milan Cathedral

Milan’s Pride and Joy

Milan Must-Do's Published on 8 October 2018

No building has more statues than the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano; Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nascente). It boasts 3,400 sculptures, 135 gargoyles and 700 figurines! The church is indeed a small city of white marble watched over by the Madonnina (small Virgin Mary). The Gothic detail of the duomo have no equal and you could, in fact, spend days and even months discovering its secrets.

Highlights at Milan Cathedral

You’ll get a great deal of amusement from the top of the Milan Cathedral, but the lower ground also hides some treasures. You can meet St Bartholomew Skinned or the original Statue of Liberty, i.e. Camillo Pacetti’s La Legge Nuova. What’s more, they say a nail from Jesus’ cross is inside the cathedral. Look for the red light bulb on the altar’s apse. Underground, the hidden Coro Jemale crypt is yet another secret treasure the cathedral has to offer.                    

Time to Explore: 2-3 hours.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano), view from the top

The breathtaking view from the top of the Milan Cathedral.


Top Tips: The Cathedral’s aura of mystery reaches its peak at dusk. You should also definitely climb to the top for one of the most incredible views of Milan around. Additionally, pay attention to the stained windows, which are the largest in any Christian church on the planet!

What’s Close? La Scala Theatre, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Sforza CastleSant’Ambrogio Basilica, Royal Palace.

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