Piazza del Duomo & the Milan Cathedral

March 2012 trip to Madrid, Venice, Verona, Milan and Paris.

Milan: Duomo, Cathedral Roof, Galleria & Castle, Al Conte Ugolino,
Last Supper Tour, Art Café, National Museum, Il Bar

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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - Milan, Italy
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Saturday continued

After freshening up at the Acca Palace hotel, we took the Metro to the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) at the heart of Milan. Eating at a restaurant on the square was a mistake, but we were both getting hungry and we grabbed a quick, forgettable lunch at the Coppola Cafe.

Mediterranean salad - Coppola Cafe
Insalata mediterranea (salad with mozzarella, tomato, corn, egg and tuna) at the Coppola Cafe

After lunch, we crossed the piazza to the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral). Duomo di Milano is the 4th largest cathedral in the world and was built over about 700 years (ending just a few years ago). Admission to the main floor was free.

Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral)
Duomo di Milano

Milan Cathedral Nave and holy nail
The Nave is divided by 80' tall pillars

The red light above the altar marks the position of a niche that holds the Holy Nail -
it is believed to be one of the nails with which Christ was crucified

mummified body on display in Milan Cathedral
I believe these are the mummified remains of one of the archbishops, but have not identified which one


The Flayed San Bartolomeo by artist Marco d'Agrate (prints of this photo for sale at Fine Arts America)

Altar to St Giovanni Buono - Milan Cathedral
Altar to St. Giovanni Boon (18th century)

Milan Cathedral crypt
The Crypt and the tomb of San Carlo Borromeo

Stained glass window - Duomo Milano
Old testament scenes in one of the enormous stained glass windows

Duomo of Milano pipe organ
The great Organ of the Duomo was built in 1938 and has 15,800 pipes - the panels at the sides were painted by Giuseppe Meda in the 16th century

The walls of the cathedral have many large paintings, they even block some of the windows

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