Duomo is the largest Catholic cathedral in the world. Milano, Italy. Cathedral Standing 157 meters high and 92 meters wide, it is the largest gothic church in the world. Construction began under the direction of Galeazzo Visconti in the 14th century and was completed by Prince Napoleon in the 19th century. It consists of 135 minarets and a bronze door that records the anecdotes of the Virgin Mary and St Ambrose.
Duomo means the cathedral representing the city in Italy. When planning the city, the location of the Duomo was determined in the center, and plazas, government offices, and public facilities were placed nearby, so that the city area developed around the Duomo.
The name Duomo comes from the Latin domus (house), which is similar to the English dome. The Duomo of Milan is considered the third or fourth largest cathedral in the world, along with St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and St Paul's Cathedral in London.
The floor area is 1.5 times that of a football stadium. The construction period was so long that it was completed in 1890, 500 years after the foundation stone was laid in 1386. The 135 minarets are in the Gothic style reminiscent of a forest. About 2,000 statues are adorned on the exterior walls of the building. These are the reasons why the Duomo in Milan is considered one of the “must see buildings before you die”.
You can freely access to the roof of the Duomo and enjoy the view of the city through the spires. The spires are reminiscent of a huge marble forest, and when you are in the center of this tower, you will be amazed at its overwhelming beauty.
At the top of the spire are statues of saints as shown below. It feels as if the saints in the Bible stand on top of the tower and look down on the people and take care of them.
There was an employee who repaired the camera and the lamp between the peaks. You can see that even the smallest details of the massive cathedral are meticulously maintained.
Being inside the spire is captivated by a mysterious feeling as if you are in another dimension. Then, looking down through the spires, people are still living their daily lives.
Its 135 minarets and 3159 statues remind you of Milan's past prosperity and artistic value.
For a long time of 600 years, the statues of the minaret were together in the rain and wind. If you look from the roof of the Duomo, you can feel the depth of these years compared to the modern buildings around the statue.
After visiting the Duomo a long time ago, I painted an image with acrylic that reminded me of it. Any artist who has visited the Duomo will want to leave a picture of the mysticism, wonder, and solemnity of time.
Look at the picture below entitled Tower of the Milan cathedral. This painting was drawn by Johann Karl Schultz in 1829. He was a Polish 19th Century painter who was born in 1801.
Every time I look at this painting, I get the illusion that time crosses over the historical architecture.
And you will be surprised to discover the artist's tenacity and craftsmanship that did not miss the fine details of the spire.
Myungja Anna Koh