Duomo di Milano - Part 2 (Milan - Italy)

Continuing with the marvel of Milan Duomo from the last post. The entire church was filled with so so many sculptures. Esp the exterior is unbelievable. In total, there are more than 4000 sculptures incl the spires, outer walls, interior pillars etc!  


The church is massive with several stained glass windows! There between the 2 doors, close to the entrance, is a tiny door that leads to the underground Archaeological Area! With a controlled temperature and humidity, it was altogether a very different place. It was a bit eerie inside to some extent.


Traces of the original cathedral of 4th C CE can be found here. After it, there was one more cathedral built here in 8th C. The central octagonal altar is pretty clear and just at one portion even have the ancient frescoes are intact!!! Some of the cement tiles are also still intact. In the centre of this octagonal altar was an octagonal pool from which waterways had been created to reach various parts of the Cathedral and places around it.


This had also served as a burial site and several remains have been unearthed here. These are in various museums. The inhouse museum has the precious stones that were used for the making of mosaic works in the church. Some intact mosaic works are also in display. 

By evening the entire place gets a complete makeover. Several people thronged the square in front of the church and it is also filled with a few hundred of pigeons, several street side musicians add sound of music to the air and that very moment at that very place is the best way to experience Milan.

Finally from there I headed to Santa Maria della Grazie by about 7:30PM. From there I headed to the much hyped about Fashion District and was very very much disappointed. With all the hype, I had too much of expectation, but it wasn’t even half the grandeur of London’s Oxford Street or Regent Street!!! If you’ve been to Regent Street, you might as well, skip Quadrilatero della Moda!

Tips & To Get There:
Refer the earlier post

P.S: I was invited by Duomo di Milano
 to experience the Cathedral for review purposehowever the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

27 comments:

  1. Your pictures are so beautiful! I always love looking at stained glass in old buildings and I love that you were able to capture the colors and lighting. I love historical things, so being able to admire what they found in various museums would be such a fun, cultural adventure!

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  2. I haven't been to Milan yet, but would love visit someday. I am big fan of stained glass and sculptures. The church looked amazing. I would love to spend my time in that square and see the world passing by.

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  3. I only got to see the Duomo from the outside so the rest of your pictures are very cool. I'd love to climb it and see the view from the top! Very cool pictures of the ancient part too!

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  4. The stained glass is so impressive. I would love to see it up close. I imagine it changes with the sun too. Beautiful photos

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  5. You certainly had an extensive tour.

    Yes some parts for shopping were disappointing but I did like the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11 an absolutely gorgeous old building. Didn't buy anything though! Too expensive for me.

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  6. I'm planning on visiting Milan next year as there are some great deals on flights from the UK. I love historical sites and old architecture - so much more time, effort, and skill went into the buildings of old. The Duomo will be on my 'must-see' list of sights in Milan - your pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Your photos of Milan Duomo are stunning! I especially loved the details of the sculptures. The stained glass windows are marvelous!

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  8. This is the second chance I have had to appreciate the amazing engineering structural edifice in Milan, Italy. Your visit or travel to this place gives us the second experience for we have no chance or opportunity to visit this place, especially like me which I believe have no chance to go abroad and visit the place like this one.

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  9. The architecture of the buildings are so amazing! Lovely place to visit..

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  10. I think i will visit milan and stay where the pigeons are and see the musicians thats add sound of music to the air which as you mentioned the best way to experience Milan. Thanks! 😊

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  11. I still have yet to make it to Milan but I'd love to see the Duomo in person one day, I've heard that it is just as beautiful as its counterparts in Pisa and Florence!

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  12. Those sculptures are amazing! Would also love to see the museum and learn more about its history!

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  13. Your photos are so beautiful and detailed! :) The Duomo in Milano is breathtaking, as several churches in Italy. Hope to visit Milano again very soon! :)

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  14. beautiful photos! I have not visited much in Milano except to see The Last Supper painting but hopefully will get there again one day soon!

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  15. This post was a great read, Bhushavali! Would you recommend not visiting the Fashion District? What can I check instead?

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  16. 4000 statues, that is a huge number! I agree with you, I find cathedrals a bit eerie as well. Hopefully I can visit Milan and the Duomo myself one day.

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  17. That infrastructure is STUNNING! The level of details is amazing.

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  18. I've never been to Milan but I am a sucker for stained glass windows. The pictures are stunning and you captured the light perfectly. I love visiting Cathedrals in Europe.

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  19. This Duomo di Milano is one of the most spectacular churches I have visited. Did not get a chance to visit those ancient crypts so thanks for featuring them. Going to the elegant mall beside it featured a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit when I was there, and that was also very informative.

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  20. I have never been to Milan, even though I have bought plane tickets twice and I still didn`t have the chance to go. I bet the view from Duomo is spectacular.

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  21. Haven't been to Milan yet, but Duomo looks absolutely breathtaking!

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  22. such an amazing place. just seeing your photos excites me to visit this place. i really kinda envy you for being able to visit these places now and then.. hope you get to share more of your travel experiences in the future in this blog. :)

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  23. The sculptures are really amazing. It's great that they were able to preserve it; in many places we've visited, these works of art are damaged or even destroyed. The stained glass also looks really cool.

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  24. Duomo is amazing. I love that churches like this make a point to preserve artwork, stonework, stained glass etc. They really do protect so much history and glimpses into the past.

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  25. The Duomo is really magnificent. The square teeming with pigeons and people reminded me of Venice. The sculptures are really silent testimony to the great artistic talent of the Roman sculptors of yore.

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  26. I haven't been to Milan before (or Italy for that matter) but am sure I will appreciate the historical landmarks like those you experienced. They look great and I could spend hours reading about the history in the museum. Thank you.

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  27. Milan is an industrial city and even though they have fantastic fashion shows during the season, it isn't as beautiful as some other cities in Italy. That said, they have great business and creative energy there.

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