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The Cathedral of Milan is a breathtaking example of late Gothic architecture and is one of the largest churches in the world. It took almost six centuries to build. Today it covers almost 40,000 square feet (12,000 square meters) of the city center. It is the most recognizable building in Milan.
The church remains active and is the seat of the archbishop of Milan. Regular services are held inside the Duomo, as it is known to locals. There are a number of additional opportunities to see its features as well. Admire the church’s many spires from outside in the Piazza del Duomo or climb to its rooftop for views across the city.
The Cathedral of Milan occupies the historical center of Milan and the streets of the city radiate outward from the piazza where it stands. Approach the cathedral by foot to see its 135 spires looming over the city. The church is also adorned with many gargoyles and statues. See the famous metal statue of the Madonna high overhead. The Madonnina sits 354 feet (108 meters) above street level and is coated in gold leaf, making it radiant in the sun.
Despite its enormity, the interior of the Cathedral of Milan has an unusual intimacy. Beautiful stained-glass windows depict scenes from the Bible and reflect an eerie light across the church floor. Descend the marble staircase from the main cathedral to discover the Treasury of the Cathedral where you’ll find early Christian and Romanesque artifacts.
Ascend to the cathedral roof to gaze across the city rooftops. On a cloudless day the Alps are visible on the horizon. Climb the staircase that leads all the way to the top or take the elevator.
The Cathedral of Milan is open daily. An admission fee applies for the Treasure of the Cathedral and the rooftop. The cathedral is served by a metro station at the front but can be reached on foot from many downtown hotels.
Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from MUDEC - Museo delle Culture. San Babila Station is 6 minutes by foot and Duomo Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan. Museo Diocesano and Temple of Victory are also within 15 minutes. Missori Station is only a 2-minute walk and Duomo Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Cathedral of Milan and Teatro alla Scala are also within 10 minutes. Duomo Station is 6 minutes by foot and San Babila Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, and Cathedral of Milan. Teatro alla Scala and Palazzo Reale are also within 10 minutes. Duomo Station and Cordusio Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Via Torino, Piazza del Duomo, and Palazzo Reale. Cathedral of Milan and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are also within 10 minutes. Missori Station and Duomo Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Central Station, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pirelli Tower, Corso Como, and Piazzale Loreto. Corso Buenos Aires and Piazza della Repubblica are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sondrio Station is only a 4-minute walk and Caiazzo Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Via Montenapoleone Fashion District, Cathedral of Milan, and Piazza del Duomo. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala are also within 10 minutes. San Babila Station is only a 4-minute walk and Duomo Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Milan Centre, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza San Babila, Teatro alla Scala, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Reale are also within 15 minutes. San Babila Station is only a 3-minute walk and Palestro Station is 8 minutes.