Friday, February 15, 2019

The Milan Cathedral

Janne and I visited the cathedral of Milan, Duomo di Milano. This magnificent piece of art, construction, and religion was a wonder to visit, particularly from the upper floors and roof. The cathedral took a whopping 600 years to complete, and is the fourth largest church building in the world.

But, this was also a badly organized tourist visit. Even though we paid 50€ for "no-line" tickets, we ended up waiting for access up to the cathedral for a long time in the cold winter weather. And when coming down, there was a completely unnecessary line that we waited in for at least half an hour, when our tickets would have allowed us to pass the line, and there were short stairs to use as well for anybody to go down easily. I can understand the wait for the lift to go up, and the popularity of the site. And pay happily extra for a visit to such an important and extraordinary place. But I don't necessarily understand no signs, no information, no staff, and no organization :-)

Note that there are underground "terraces", an architectural dig on the side/under the cathedral that reveals ancient walls and streets. Also worth a visit!

Photos (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

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