Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano is the most elaborate Gothic Cathedral I’ve seen in my life. It is not your usual cathedral you’d see in Europe. It’s unique on its own. The moment I saw it, my jaw dropped. Despite the heavy crowd that afternoon, its shiny white marble facade commands attention. And, oh dear, its spires are goddamn detailed and beautiful! It is something you’d never get tired of seeing. In every angle, this place of worship is super photogenic!
World-record. With a size of 10,186 square meters, this is the world’s 5th largest church. However, this is Italy’s largest. You can’t count St. Peter’s Basilica because Vatican is a country on its own.
Some Interesting Facts. It took more than six centuries to build this cathedral. The spires, from afar, look like they’re just pointed designs but they’re actually statues – 3,400 of them! There are 700 figures and 135 gargoyles that are ubiquitous around the whole building. Can you find them all? 😉
What To Do Here. Aside from taking a lot of selfies, you can get inside and pray. Find the sundial near the entrance and set your watch from here. Challenge yourself by climbing 919 spiral steps to the pinnacle of the cathedral. There’s also a lift that would take those who can’t take the challenge but with additional fee. Go there first hour in the morning because the summer sun can be really scorching later in the day. The entrance is on the outside left of the cathedral. You should also check out the Duomo Museum with incredible collections you’d never see anywhere.
I decided to stay at Hotel Ornato because there’s only a small difference compare to paying a bed in a hostel. I had nice room in this fabulous boutique hotel. It’s clean and the ambience is great! The staff are extra wonderful, too! The only thing that you might not like is that – it’s 30 minutes by tram to downtown Milan. If you don’t mind the commute, this hotel is perfect for you! Thirty minutes on the tram is a good way to get to know the city.