It can’t be more impressive than Firenze Duomo surely?
10 reviews of Duomo di Milano in English
One word-breathtaking!This place is truly a spectacle for the eyes-white marble reflecting light from every sunset and exquisitely carved with every catholic saint. Step inside to view the many artworks and icons as well as the relics of bygone modern day saints. Take a trip to the rooftop on a sunny day (lift recommended) and take in the breathtaking views of Milan. (Downside-avoid the zillions of street sellers in the piazza! ) This is a must see!
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It is so gorgeous that I could hardly fish out a word to give you precise vision of it. Not surprisingly for me to wait for almost half an hour to enter the sacred church. though being not a Christian, I stayed there for nearly 2 hours to perceive the holy culture it presents. besides, the architecture of this church is overwhelming, I guess no one could figure out any flaw of this building.
The Duomo is not to be missed. For a unique perspective, go to the top floor of the Rinascente department store and have a cup of espresso on the rooftop terrace. From there you can see the architectural details of the upper part of the Duomo that are sometimes difficult to make out from the ground.
The first time Glinda came here, we traipsed around the roof and its thrilling pinnacles, until an American tourist chipped a souvenir off one of the statues. The authorities promptly shut down the roof and hauled the tourist off in chains (hopefully never to be seen again). As we exited, a rain storm swept in over the piazza, making it all seem a bit forlorn. The only Madonna you could see from the square was the Italian-American singer Madonna Louise Ciccone, whose photo graced half of the facade.
A few years later, the construction is gone, and the grey, old church is transformed back into the Renaissance-Gothic-Franco-Italian jewel of an arthitectural hodgepodge that you see today. Like all of the great Catholic cathedrals, this Duomo is a multi-generational monument to persistence against all manner of earthly setbacks. That it sits here on this square at all is a miracle of inspiration and devoton.
And the Piazza is a destination in itself, a vibrant center of Milanese street life. The throngs of laborers, commuters, office workers, tourists, immigrants, and entertainers make it one of the great people-watching squares of Europe. Where else would you come to find North American Indians in ancient dress echoing new-age music from a 21st-century sound system?
As an acrophobe, Ben normally abhors anything taller than a 3-step ladder. But we never come here without climbing to the roof. As far as the eye can see stand a forest of lifelike saints, each finely balanced on his or her individual spire. It is all you can do to stop yourself from shouting, "Don't jump!"
The Grand Hotel is a short walk from the train station on the main strip leading into the town centre which makes it an ideal stop. Pleased to get this place for a very good price as it’s a 4* hotel, the staff were extremely helpful and polite, and recommended a fantastic little restaurant for dinner. The room was spacious and had a huge en-suite bathroom. Unfortunately the view was over another building but to be honest you don’t go to sit in the hotel and look out of the window! Free internet access and continental breakfast with hot breakfast available for extra. The décor and dining area were very nice, welcoming and relaxing and I found the room really comfortable as well.
Wow, wow, wow! This place is just breathtaking. It looms out of the sky at you as you walk up the steps out of the metro. I simply couldn’t believe the size of it, and the beauty. The outside is white marble and covered in the most intricate carvings, there are statues everywhere, and it seems to jut out in all directions.
Unfortunately it was snowing while we were there and so we were unable to climb to the top (in the guards words “ice, you slip, you fall, you die”) but I am sure the view from the top is incredible, so much so that I have already booked a trip back to see it in better weather.
The only negative is that there are lots and lots of people trying to get money out of you, they throw seed on you as you walk past so the pigeons land on you, then they hassle you for money, there were plenty of police around keeping an eye on them though.
All in all, stunning, I can’t wait to go back.
Definitely the most impressive and breath-taking cathedral I have ever seen anywhere, both from the piazza outside looking up at it, inside admiring the beautiful floors, ceilings, stonework and statues, or up on the roof itself, where you can go to marvel at the spires and the statuettes on the points, especially the famous Madonnina in gilded bronze on the highest spire. It’s all astounding!
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knibbd, 28 December 2008:
As cathedrals go my general opinion is often muffled by unstoppable yawning. Yet to look upon a structure such as the Duomo, one of the most famous buildings in Europe, it can only be described as awesome. Not in the new conventional sense of the word ie. 'This pizza is awesome!’ but in the sense that some things are just quite astounding. The intricacy of the architecure and then its sheer magnitude and ambition had me assuming it took a few centuries to complete when i first looked upon it. And it did. 5 to be precise. Maybe by elves with magic wands. Maybe not.
Although i did appreciate the attraction etc etc, boredom quickly set in as it might most people. You can only spend so long marvelling.
The building is still undergoing regeneration and has been for a while now, and until quite recently it prevented tourists from gaining access to what turned out to be its main highlight - the roof.
Fortunately i turned up at a time when the elevator/stairs had been reopened and so i ventured out onto its crown. There were many other hidden gems up here, statues and spires, golems and even dragons, but to be honest the main reason it was more exciting was because it was high up.
If you are planning on going to Milan then this should definitely be a stop. It doesn’t cost you anything and its somewhere you can say you’ve been. I hate to sound unappreciative at the end of all this. I guess it’s just my generation.
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