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    Views from the roof.

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 5, 2014

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    If you buy the ticket then you will be able to get up on the roof of Cathedral Terraces. Views from the roof of Duomo are stunning. Just have a look at the pictures. When you are on the roof the first your impression is as if you get in the forest of spires. That magnificent masterpiece is worth the money you spent for your visit.
    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices:
    Admission to Cathedral itself is free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    Walking on the roof.

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 5, 2014

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    If you buy the ticket then you will be able to get up on the roof of Cathedral Terraces. When you are on the roof the first your impression is as if you get in the forest of spires. That magnificent masterpiece is worth the money you spent for your visit.
    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices:
    Admission to Cathedral itself is free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    Duomo by night

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 4, 2014

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    My wife said “This is the most beautiful and fascinated Cathedral among all Great Medieval Cathedrals of Europe!” And I should tell that I agree. The only important thing you should always remember is that majority of statues and decorations of exterior were made in XIX and XX centuries when building technologies and material made possible the construction of such architectural masterpieces. Another important thing is that the Cathedral is even better looking by the night.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod but only if they bought additional photo permission. It cost two Euros and you can by it at the audio guide desk which is situated on the left hand side from the main entrance in the cathedral.

    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices: admission to Cathedral is free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    Duomo

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 4, 2014

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    I’m not going to rehearse the history of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente also know as Duomo because everybody knows that Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo started its construction in 1386. Cathedral was finished only in XX century, at last and since then it is on endless repairs and renovations. How can I describe it? I can just repeat the words of my wife “This is the most beautiful and fascinated Cathedral among all Great Medieval Cathedrals of Europe!” And I should tell that I agree. The only important thing you should always remember is that majority of statues and decorations of exterior were made in XIX and XX centuries when building technologies and material made possible the construction of such architectural masterpieces. If it is not enough anybody can find the heaps of information on that Cathedral in internet.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod but only if they bought additional photo permission. It cost two Euros and you can by it at the audio guide desk which is situated on the left hand side from the main entrance in the cathedral.

    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices: admission to Cathedral is free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    Interiors of Duomo

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 3, 2014

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    We should always remember that the Duomo is one of three biggest medieval Cathedrals in Europe. That’s why it has no three but five naves.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod but only if they bought additional photo permission. It cost two Euros and you can by it at the audio guide desk which is situated on the left hand side from the main entrance in the cathedral.

    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices: admission to Cathedral is free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    The Southernmost Nave.

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 3, 2014

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    Since Milanese Duomo has five naves I use this definition the southernmost nave. What can you see there? First of all, you will be able to observe the tomb with effigies of prominent Milanese merchant Marco Carelli who died in 1394. This is the oldest tomb in cathedral and only one survived till nowadays. You will see the relics of clergymen beatified in XX century. So, you will be a witness of symbolic bridge between the past and present times. And of course if you have a look up then you can enjoy pretty vaults.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod but only if they bought additional photo permission. It cost two Euros and you can by it at the audio guide desk which is situated on the left hand side from the main entrance in the cathedral.

    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices: admission to Cathedral is free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    The high Altar.

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 2, 2014

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    High Altar of Milanese Duomo is one of the hugest in the Europe. It has two huge pulpits situated around the side columns.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod but only if they bought additional photo permission. It cost two Euros and you can by it at the audio guide desk which is situated on the left hand side from the main entrance in the cathedral.
    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices: admission to Cathedral is free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    Ambulatory

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 2, 2014

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    To get in the Ambulatory or the place behind the altar you are required to tale audio-guide/ When we visited the cathedral the rule wash neatly and simple “no audio-guide – no access to ambulatory”. In ambulatory you will be able to observe the stained glass windows, sculptures and some frescos.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod but only if they bought additional photo permission. It cost two Euros and you can by it at the audio guide desk which is situated on the left hand side from the main entrance in the cathedral.

    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices: admission free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    Crypt

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 2, 2014

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    To visit the crypt situated under altar is better to spend fifteen Euros and buy combined ticket. Entrance to the crypt is situated at the southern side of the altar and will see a queue there. What are you going to see there? Well, you shall be able to see the reliquary with some small part of the relics belonged to early Christian Martyrs Saint Gervisius and Saint Protasius. You should remember that the bodies and main relics of these saints are in the Basilica of Sant’ Ambrogio.
    On the other side of the crypt you shall be able to observe the sarcophagus of Saint Charles or Cardinal Carlo Borromeo (1538–1584) who was the Archbishop of Milan in from 1564 through 1584. He was one of main mastermind of Counter-Reformation and left the very bloody footprints after his presence in Switzerland. He was canonized in 1610.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod but only if they bought additional photo permission. It cost two Euros and you can by it at the audio guide desk which is situated on the left hand side from the main entrance in the cathedral.

    Opening times of Cathedral itself: daily 7.00 – 19.00. Last entry 18.45

    Prices: admission free.
    Combined tickets:
    Combined A €15.00
    Terraces by lift, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti
    Combined B €11.00
    Terraces on foot, Museum and Treasury, Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti

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    Palazzo Reale

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    Palazzo Reale

    The Royal Palace, known as Old Town Hall, was the Milan city hall starting from 1138, although its present appearance is in the neo-Classical style due to a transformation during the 18th century. The Palace became residence of the Visconti family in 1310 and the seat of the Visconti's Ducal Court. In the following centuries lots of modifications were made on it as a result of the transformations commissioned by its various owners, such as Sforzas, the Spanish governor and Archduke Ferdinand of Austria.
    During the WWII, the interior of the palace was completely devastated by the 1943 bombardments.
    Nowadays the palace houses the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral Museum which is situated in the left wing of the palace.

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    Milan Cathedral

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    Milan's cathedral (The Duomo) is one of the world's largest churches. It is located in Cathedral Square. Milan Cathedral is positioned in the center of Milan. Construction of the cathedral began in 1386, and continued for hundreds of years until 1813; several finishing touches were not completed until 1965.

    The facade of the cathedral is very beautiful and is covered with wonderful statues and carvings. The cathedral has several beautifully carved doors.

    Inside the cathedral is spacious, but a bit gloomy.

    Access to the roof of the cathedral is from the rear of the building. It costs 12 Euro 50 to go up there. I intended to go, but long queues persuaded me otherwise.

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    Cathedral Roof Walk

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    Roof of the Cathedral, Milan

    You can even go up onto the cathedral's roof for sensational views of the city, and some nice close up views of the impossible statues on the pinnacles. On rare days, when the sky is clear blue and the smog is not too thick, like the day I went up, you will be lucky enough to see all the way to the Alps (see my main Milan page for pictures of this). Unfortunately, and I don't know if this will change once the work on the front of the cathedral is completed, you can't look over the forward most wall of the cathedral into the Piazzo Duomo below. This is a shame due to the square below being so grand, but you can get a few views of the piazza from the sides of the cathedral.

    There are two ways up the cathedral, one is by walking and the other is by lift. The walk is quite strenuous. I do a lot of walking, and my legs were wobbly by the time I got to the top. It costs €3.50 to walk up a seemingly endless spiral staircase, and you can access these stairs by the long queues on the left hand wall of the cathedral (as you face it). The lift costs €5.00 and can be accessed on the right hand wall of the cathedral (as you face it).

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    Duomo

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    Duomo, Milan

    The construction of this vast Gothic cathedral was started in 1386, and built on a former medieval church of Santa Maria Maggiore. It is one huge mass of marble, containing about 3,500 statues, nearly 100 gargoyles, and far more buttresses, pinnacles, pillars and arches than necessary. The vastness, covering an area of nearly 12,000 square meters, has to be seen to be appreciated. It is third in size, after St. Peter's cathedral in Rome, and the Cathedral of Seville. Its highest pinnacle, at 109 meters, is topped by the golden statue of the Virgin Mary, covered in nearly 4,000 gold leaves. This towers over the cathedral's roof, which you can climb up and admire the views of Milan from, and also wonder at how they ever managed to put all those statues on all those pinnacles without either falling to their deaths, or getting a really bad bout of vertigo.

    You can also go inside the cathedral. Entry is free, but you will have to go through fairly strict security.

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    Piazza Duomo

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    Piazza Duomo, Milan

    Even with the cathedral covered up for restoration work, and the square filled with fences, signs and platforms for the New Year's Eve celebrations, like in the picture, the Piazzo Duomo (Cathedral Square) is still an grand and awe inspiring square, just like the designers would have intended. The effect that the enormous and extravagant cathedral would have upon this atmosphere in its fully restored state is a sight which I will have to behold by returning to the city one day. The Piazza itself contains some wonderful baroque and renaissance buildings, including two of the most stunning pieces of architecture in the world, the cathedral itself, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, to the right and left of the picture respectively. There is also, out of picture to the right, the slightly shabby, but highly important, Palazzo Reale.

    The Piazza Duomo is central to Milan's finest sights, and a good place to base yourself and orientate yourself from. It is also home to an phenomenal amount of pigeons, being foolishly fed by unthinking tourists adding to this plague of "rats with wings" (Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London). The tourists also attract another plague, of tat sellers and scam artists, and no doubt a number of pickpockets too. The tat sellers are harmless, and the scam artists are pretty easy to avoid. The common theme seemed to be to offer you a "gift" of some worthless item, such as a coloured piece of string or pigeon food. I don't know how the scam would proceed after that, but it was definitely a scam! The pick-pockets and snatch thieves are there, but they didn't seem to be a particular concern for my friend, a born and bred Milanese, and he walked around with his flash camera around his neck without much of a care.

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    Piazza del Duomo and the Duomo

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Nov 11, 2013
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    This square is at the heart of Milan and is the location of the Duomo, a relatively rare and singularly lacy Italian Gothic cathedral. Its decoration is extremely rich and intricate, almost dripping. There is also a statue of King Vittorio Emanuele and the piazza is near the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele and La Scala.

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    Feb 23, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Recent rule change for the Duomo: as of December 10, 2012, all visitors wishing to take photographs or video inside the cathedral must purchase a €2 wristband. This applies to each visitor intending to use a photographic device of any kind - including phones and tablets - and permits images/video for personal, non-publication use only. Different regulations apply for professional photographers. Please see this website for full details:

    duomomilano.it/index.php/vis...

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      Feb 24, 2013 at 5:27 AM

      In some ways I understand photo bans. Tourists unwilling to follow no-flash rules, who climb on monuments for the best angles, and who monopolize the best pieces to take many, many shots can be very disruptive to other visitors. And the sales of picture books, postcards, etc. can eliminate entry fees or keep them low so that the attraction is affordable to all. I've occasionally quietly snuck a quick (no flash) shot in these places just to have something to illustrate my reviews here but have also purchased a book or dropped coins in the donation box to compensate. The exception would be in specific sites where the taking of photos would be considered blasphemous to the extreme.

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      Feb 24, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      I agree. It's really not a matter of being authorities being 'selfish' or 'impolite'. After all, what is on show can be seen in reality by members of the public, or in the hundreds of books and websites which are in the public domain. But it's a sad fact that far, far too many people ignore no-flash, no-commercial-publication rules..and yes, bevahe inappropriately in their desire to get *their* photos. So it is easier to enforce a total ban on photos than to continually have to 'police' throngs of visitors (something which is even more inappropriate in places of worship).

      By the way, saying 'it seems' is just a figure of speech...it does not imply that the statement was not clear.

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    Jan 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Enjoyed your reviews of some of the Milan highlights. Just getting myself prepared for my visit there later in January.
    Best wishes,
    Mike

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