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Virtual Tour of Piazza Duomo - magnificent square & worlds largest gothic cathedral, Milan, Italy
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Lois R says:
"A wonder of spires, pinnacles and ancient architecture. Milan’s Duomo is central in the heart of the city, dominant in front of a large, popular piazza which attracts thousands of visitors and locals to this architectural wonder. This Duomo, or cathedral, is one of the most spectacular I have ever seen or visited. From first glance its absolutely covered with interesting features, created over several centuries, all resulting in just about every outer surface being adorned with gargoyles, statues, stained-glass windows, from the ground level up to a most stunning golden Madonna on the highest peak. You can go up to the upper sections but I did not go - I imagine the views of the city and the roof architecture must be amazing. Inside the many altars, artworks and historic, religious pieces are stunning. I particularly remember the Madonna of the Tree altar as it is so ornate. Adding to the beauty and history are three huge, colourful stained-glass windows. While we visited there was a service being held and the Roman Catholic priest’s ‘smokey’ chants really brought the Duomo alive for me. Outside, be aware of the intrusive pedlars who want to take photos of you - their fee will ‘break your travel budget’ and the way they keep at you is just about as annoying as the copious amounts of pigeons dive-bombing you! In front of the duomo there is a huge, black statue which is worthy of a photo or two. Nearby you can walk through the magnificent Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele II on your way to the La Scala opera house. The Duomo is the right place to sit a while, get out your map and sort out the attractions you want to walk to and set out from here, but - be sure to partake of a delicious 'gellato' ice from the shop in front of the cathedral."

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