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The Duomo, Milan's cathedral, is one of the largest churches in the world; is a surprisingly elegant mass of marble boasting 135 spires and 3,400 statues. Commissioned in 1386, by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the Duomo was not finished until the early 1800s. The building began life as a Gothic cathedral, but over the centuries the designs went through several modifications, and the finished Duomo is a strange mixture of styles.
One of the very best experiences Milan has to offer is a trip to the Duomo's roof. You can take the lift, or labour up the steps to the marble terraces, amidst white pinnacles and statues. The view is fantastic, stretching over the city to the Alps, and the atmosphere is incomparable. The entrance is round the side of the Duomo; follow the signs for the roof (Salita alle terrazze). Tickets cost €3.50 (stairs) or €5 (lift).
Perched high above Milan, a gilded statue of the Madonna watches over the city. Dating back to 1774, the statue is called the Madonnina, or the little Madonna, despite being 4 metres tall.
The Duomo is at the centre of Milan in Piazza del Duomo

From: http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/milan/duomo.html

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