Milan Cathedral tickets and tours
Six-hundred years in the making, this gloriously extravagant cathedral is the proud symbol of Milan. Decorated with hundred of spires and more than 30...In the top 5 attractions for Milan
The inside story
Six-hundred years in the making, this gloriously extravagant cathedral is the proud symbol of Milan. Decorated with hundred of spires and more than 3000 statues, ranging from ghoulish gargoyles to saintly figures, it’s crowning glory is the gleaming golden Madonnina. Protector of Milan, she was also the city’s highest point until the Pirelli Towers stole the title in 1961.
Not without reason did it become the Milanese catchphrase for a never-ending task ‘longh cumè la fabrica del domm’ (as long as the work on the Duomo). Begun in 1386 under Giangaleazzo Visconti and finished only in 1965, the cathedral was stalled by war, lack of funds and the sheer enormity of the project, which required purpose-built canals to bring in its main material, the Candoglia marble. Meanwhile its long construction also led to a striking mix of architectural styles, which has been both applauded and criticized in equal parts.