The Basilica Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Nascente is the main church in Milan and the largest in Italy.
Its particular style is a mixture of gothic, neo-gothic and neoclassical; the reason for this is to be attributed to its long period of construction which lasted five centuries. The building, commissioned by Archbishop Saluzzi, began in 1386 and only in 1813 with the completion of the facade commissioned by Napoleon officially finished the work.
The church consists of five naves and develops on a Latin cross plan. 52 pillars support the ribbed vaults.
Outside the Duomo of Milan is full of details: the 135 spires are the emblem of this building, but what impresses is also the number of statues depicting religious and non-religious figures: there are more than 2,500.
On the roof there are the terraces of the cathedral from where you can better admire the spires and statues, but also enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
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