The Duom

If by chance you get to Milan, Italy please follow Dante’s pathway (Via Dante) and be sure you’re not gonna end up in Inferno this time. At the end of your journey you will be facing a beautiful Gothic cathedral for which took five centuries to complete, the famous Duom of Milan.

The cathedral was built in a number of contrasting styles and the reactions to it have ranged from admiration to disfavor.

In my guidebook the writers even included a quote from a letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his mother while visiting Milan in 1875: “The Cathedral is an awful failure. Outside the design is monstrous and inartistic. The over-elaborated details stuck high up where no one can see them; everything is vile in it”. But since “The portrait of Dorian Gray” disappointed me, I didn’t trust his rude words about the Duom. No sir, what you see in the middle of the piazza is an interesting, curious and impressive structure.

The statues, the sculptures are full with life and feelings. Sometimes I do not know if they guard the cathedral or if they are trapped in the walls without any chance of freeing themselves.

Enough with my romantic enthusiasm. All you need to know is that the roof is open to public and this allows you to have some amazing close-ups of the marmorean embroideries and the both frightening and lovely Gargui which otherwise would be unappreciated.

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