Duomo di Milano
Hotel Milano Castello is just a 5-minute walk from Piazza del Duomo, the Milan Cathedral.
The construction of the Basilica Metropolitan Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, better known as Milan Cathedral, begins in 1386 on the area where the ancient basilicas of Santa Tecla and Santa Maria Maggiore are located, demolished in later times. Dedicated to Maria Nascente, it is wanted by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, with a dual purpose. Renew cult sites in the heart of Milan and celebrate the Visconti lordship and its ambitious expansionist policy.
The Cathedral of Milan is the largest and most complex Gothic building in Italy, made of white rosé marble from the quarries of Candoglia, in Val D'Ossola. It has a length of 157 meters and covers an area of 11,700 square meters. The greater spire reaches a height of 108.5 meters. On the top of the latter is placed in October 1774 Madonnina, the golden statue (4.16 meters high), by the sculptor Giuseppe Perego.
The construction works lasted for five centuries and during this period architects, sculptors, artists and workers, both local and from all over Europe, alternated in the Duomo factory.
The result of their work is a unique architecture, a fusion between the Gothic style of the Alps and the Lombard tradition.
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