Feast your eyes on Duomo di Milano!
The Duomo is one of the most breathtaking sites Milan has to offer. The cathedral will actually take your breath away. The Duomo began its construction in 1386 and it wasn’t finished until 1816. That’s almost 600 years! As soon as they completed the structure, they had to start restoring it since it had taken so long to build. The Duomo currently stands as the 3rd largest Catholic Church in the world. When you see it in person you certainly understand why. People may wonder why it’s called the “Duomo.” The word Duomo actually means cathedral or main church and that’s why there are other cathedrals around the world with the same name.
At the highest point of the Duomo sits Mother Mary. She is a gold beacon of light at the very top of the cathedral. Surrounding her below are more than 3,500 statues. The gothic style church is covered in medieval meanings. Many people were illiterate then, so it was easier for people to understand the meaning of the church through the statues. It would take you days to look at all of the incredible details on the cathedral. A fun fact about the church (and most churches) is that it faces the east. This is because the sun rises in the east and brings light to the church. Visiting the Duomo was an experience I’ll never forget, and I can’t wait to go back!