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Italy: The Striking Architecture Of Duomo Di Milano

Milan, August 2013

Duomo Di Milano
I was feeling giddy and exhausted from the sleepless 18 hours journey between Jakarta - Singapore - Milan. A hot sun glared down on main square of Milan where I decided to wander around to fight the jet lag. I'm pretty sure it was one of the hottest days in the city. I desperately needed a cool place just to sit down and rest so I walked toward the cathedral. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente, this Gothic cathedral is one of the largest in the world and took nearly six centuries to complete.

Hey! I've been here for couple times before but never explored the roof, I said to myself.

I went out and made my way to the right side of the cathedral where people were queueing. The ticket fee was € 7 for climbing the 200 something stairs to the roof and € 12 to have a lift taking you up and down. I wasn't in the mood for some exercise so I chose the latter.


looking up

one of the gargoyles
Phew! Glad that my euro was well spent because the view from the rooftop was simply breathtaking. The marble covered roof is about 70 metres high and I could get a closer look at the detailed spires and the gargoyles. One of the main features is Madonnina atop the main spire,  a baroque gilded bronze statue of the Virgin Mary. The breezy and quiet surrounding made me sleepy and I found a perfect spot to take a nap for a while.


Piazza del Duomo

Milan Duomo rooftop

Madonnina on top for the main spire

view from above


taking a nap for a bit :p

beautiful flying buttresses 

a fancy tiramisu

the ceiling of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 

Before heading to my hotel I managed to have a quick visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the famous shopping spot Milan. Nope, I'm not interested in those premium branded stuff. I just wanted to treat myself at one of the fancy cafes inside the mall. A woman should be spoiled once in awhile, right? :p

22 comments:

  1. Probably one of my favourite Duomo in Italy! I love the architecture but sadly I didn't go up to the top! What a shame, should definitely do it again if I ever make my way to Milan again (though I doubt it, wasn't in love with the city :P)

    Gorgeous pics as always Deb!

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    1. Thanks, Aggy. Yup, Milan is not my fave city either but the rooftop of this cathedral is really gorgeous :)

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  2. Suka banget ama rooftop nya :-)

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    1. Cakepppp banget emang detail dari gereja ini :)

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  3. arsitekturnya kerenn bangeettt, aku bisa berjam-jam muterin tempat ini deh

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    1. iyah, Mei.....bikin betah emang liat detailnya. Luar biasa indah :D

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  4. Kalau hari minggu pagi, komunitas Ferrari nongkrong di sebelah nih gereja Deb :-)

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    1. ow owww.....catet nih, next time ke sana mesti hari minggu aja, kakaka :p

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  5. Wihh sumpah keren arsitektur gerejanya mbak. Sip Sip Sip.

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  6. Geraja di Italy memang salah satu yang terbaik di dunia. Nice post :)

    albertusardika.blogspot.com

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  7. menikmati indahnya arsitektur gereja di itali,,,sampai2 seorang wanita lelap tertidur disana

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    1. tepar ituh, hampir 24 jam ga tidur sama sekali >.<

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  8. That building is as beautiful as it is overwhelming. I didn’t know where to turn my head. So many gorgeous things to see!

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    1. yes, it's so gorgeous. I love all the details too :)

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  9. The Duomo itself can be the only reason for me to visit Milan. European gothic cathedrals are always breathtaking and intricately decorated, which really fit my taste. Despite the heat, nice photos!

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    1. Thank you, Bama :)
      I keep travelling back to Europe because I love their old beautiful buildings and specially the gothic cathedrals

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  10. Oh my....absolutely breathtaking!xxx

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    1. thank you, Dina. The cathedral is indeed beautiful :)

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  11. bangunan2nya klasik, keren. Knp ya kbanyakan negara2 eropa tuh beginian model gedungnya, coba kalo di indonesia ada, kebanggaan tersendiri pastinya.

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    1. di eropa kalo bangunan tua justru dilindungi biar awet terus. Kalo di Indo, bangunan2 yg punya nilai sejarah banyak yang dihancurin n dibikin ruko atau bangunan modern. Sayang banget yach :(

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