Milan's Gothic masterpiece Duomo

 

One of the world's largest churches, Italy's Gothic masterpiece is stupendous in both scale and detail. Face on from its piazza, the cathedral's enormous white marble frontispiece appears almost triangular, its many pinnacles spearing the air, cosseted by immense flying buttresses. In fact, the only downside with seeing Milan from atop the Duomo is that you don't have a view of the city's finest building - the Duomo. No matter; ascending to the Cathedral's roof is both memorable for the pigeon's eye views of downtown Milan's spires, apartment blocks and venerable old architecture, and for close-ups of the Duomo's cavernous naves, stained glass and army of statues, all worthy bedfellows to the magnificently flamboyant facade.

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