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What can be more representative of Milan than the Duomo? The church dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente, built by the will of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, is the symbol of the city as well as one of the first things to see as soon as you step into Milan.

The works for the Milan Cathedral began in 1386 and finished only in the 20th century with the birth of a magnificent monument, featuring marvelous stained glass windows and beautiful carved decorations.

This majestic structure is the most significant testimony of Gothic architecture, which leaves no room for doubt: it is the only one in which Northern characters and Lombard elements merge.

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The beauty of the Duomo is completed by the main spire where the famous Madonnina stands, a golden copper statue, 4 meters high. If you visit the church on a beautiful sunny day, you will enjoy a wonderful view of the city and the Alps from the terraces.

Inside you do not have to miss the presbytery area, set in the second half of the 500’s.

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At the top of the apsidal vault is located the relic of the Sacred Nail of the Cross. Just to give you some numbers: the structure is 157 meters long, 92 meters wide and the spire is 108,50 meters high. The Duomo hosts 3,500 statues, including the 96 giants and 150 gargoyles.

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Opening hours: Mon-Sun (08.00 AM – 07.00 PM)

Admission: from €3,50 online tickets

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How to reach: Metro Duomo

Address: Piazza del Duomo

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