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Milan: going up and down among the Milan Cathedral Spires

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b2ap3_thumbnail_DSCI0027---Copia-640x480.jpgDear friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to Lombardy and we're going to visit one of the most famous italian monuments.

If you are in Milan for leisure or business, you must climb on the roofs of its wonderful and famous Milan Cathedral, and then you'll stay at For You Hotel.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG-20130917-WA0000---Copia.jpg The Milan Cathedral is the second tallest church in the world (after the Beauvais Cathedral in France), the fourth largest (after St. Peter's in the Vatican, the St. Paul's Cathedral in London and the cathedral of Seville), it owns the most important organ in Italy and it's the only one with the viable terraces.

 

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The start of the construction in 1386 coincided with the accession to power in Milan of the archbishop's cousin Gian Galeazzo Visconti, and was meant as a reward to the noble and working classes.

Visconti had ambitions to follow the newest trends in European architecture. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSCI0026.JPG Galeazzo decided that the brick structure should be panelled with marble so he decided for the exclusive use of the marble from the Candoglia

After the slowdown of work due to infighting between the Visconti family and the advent of the Ambrosian Republic, with the conquest of the duchy by Francesco Sforza (1450), and then by Galeazzo Maria Sforza and Ludovico il Moro, site activities started again. The cupola was completed in 1500.

 Finally in 1769 the main spire was built, the golden Madonnina was erected at the end of 1774.

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In 1800, Napoleon I, crowned King of Italy (26 May 1805) in the Milan Cathedral, ordered the completion of the facade was completed while the "covered" of the cathedral with its terraces and 1,800 statues of saints, which were built on new spires and hips.

 

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 Currently the Milan Cathedral has 135 spiers and 96 gargoyles, more than 3,600 characters represented in the 55 stained glass windows, 200 bas-reliefs of marble Candoglia, reaches a height of 108.50 meters (from the halberd of the Virgin Mary).

 

 b2ap3_thumbnail_DSCI0105.JPGThe Madonnina (Virgin Mary) was placed on top of the main spire, according to a plan which probably dates back to the very origins of the Milan Cathedral.

It was laid with her eyes and open arms to implore God's blessing to the city. The statue, 4.16 meters high, was built by the sculptor Giuseppe Perego and goldsmith Giuseppe Bini and was inaugurated 30 December 1774.

 b2ap3_thumbnail_DSCI0058.JPGToday you can walk up and down the terraces of the Milan Cathedralevery year it welcomes 5,000,000 visitors, with an average of over 10,000 visitors during the week and 25,000 on weekends: now do it for EXPO 2015!

Now, we are ready to enjoy an aperitif enjoying our time at the Enterprise HotelLeisure with me: this is my tourism!

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