The Milan Cathedral is a striking cathedral church located in the city of Milan in Lombardy, northern Italy. Also known as Duomo di Milano or Domm de Milan, this cathedral is the seat of the archbishop of Milan. It is considered to be the fourth largest church in the world and the largest Gothic church in Italy.
Milan Cathedral History
The cathedral stands at a site that was also a basilica that was built during the 5th Century and was damaged by fire in 1075. The current structure has its beginnings in 1386 when Archbishop Antonio de Saluzzo began construction of a Late Gothic style building. A French engineer, Nicolas de Bonaventure was appointed in 1389 to handle the construction and who gave the cathedral its Gothic imprint.
Work on the cathedral stalled during the 1400’s due to lack of funding as well as ideas. Up to this time, almost half of the cathedral has remained unfinished. Through the centuries, work on the structure moved little by little. It was eventually completed to its very last detail on January 6, 1965, spanning about five centuries to complete.
Milan Cathedral Features
The Milan Cathedral is often considered as one of the greatest churches in the world. It is generally a church built according to the Gothic architectural style with marble as the predominant material for the structure. The cathedral is know for its many interesting features which includes the Tiburio, the cathedral’s uppermost spire which is topped by a gold statue of the Virgin Mary called the Madonnina. The cathedral measures 157 meters by 92 meters with a height of 45 meters. It contains 14,000 square yards of space enough to accommodate 40,000 people. The cathedral is also known to be adorned with around 3,400 statues.