Friday, March 31, 2017

Milan, Day 2: Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo is a Gothic cathedral. Its white marble facade is adorned with many statues. Because the construction took centuries, the design was changed to mix different styles such as Gothic and Baroque.

In front of Milan Duomo is Piazza del Duomo. The Statue of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of Italy, with large lions on either side is in the middle of the square. The architect, Giuseppe Mengoni, designed Piazza del Duomo. He also designed the glass-vaulted shopping center, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, next to the Duomo. The shopping center connects Piazza del Duomo with Piazza della Scala, the square in front of the famous opera house Teatro alla Scala.

The above photo is the front facade of the cathedral. The statue, Little Madonna, is on top of the cathedral's tallest spire. The sculpture is covered with gold leaves. It is very small in this picture. Just look for that little gold thing on top of the cathedral's tallest spire. You can also see Little Madonna is holding a blue flag in this photo.

The stained glass tells biblical stories.

This glass structure is actually a gift shop.

The tile work is beautiful. Attention to details.

A service was taking place while we were there.

Saint Bartholonew Flayed (1562) shows his flayed skin thrown over his shoulder like a robe. Very creepy.

That's the tomb of Cardinal Schuster.

The above is the Altar of San Giovanni Buono

Inside, it seemed well lit or it was my F1.4 lens. I can’t remember. A small red light bulb in the dome above the apse is the spot where the Holy Nail has been placed. The Holy Nail is one of the nails allegedly from the Crucifixion.

The artwork on the door is lively.

The statues on the front facade look like living creatures.

The feather on the guard’s hat is a nice touch. Only in Milan, uniform can have some flamboyant elements and police women wear heels. I love it.

The relief tells the story of David versus Goliath.

I believe there are 3159 statues on this building.

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