Milan Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. It is the second largest Catholic Church in the world after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It covers a surface of 109,641 square feet and an entire city block. It has 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures.
The Saint Bartholomew Flayed is the most famous statue of them all. It was made by Marco d’Agrate. The cathedral is locally known as the Duomo. It is located in Milan, Italy. Currently, it serves as the cathedral of Archdiocese of Milan, which is Europe’s largest diocese.
Fast Facts: –
- Before the arrival of Christianity, the location of this Duomo was a sacred Roman site.
- There is a sundial on the floor and it is so precise that it is used to regulate the clocks throughout the city.
- It is dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity. This church is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan.
- Its construction was started in 1386 by Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo. It took nearly six centuries to complete.
- The inauguration of the last gate took place on January 6th 1965.
- The church has a cruciform plan in the form of a Latin cross covering about 12,000 square meters and approximately 40,000 people can fit in it.
- There is a spot marked with a red light bulb above the apse. It is the spot where one of the nails of Jesus crucifixion was allegedly placed.
- The cathedral features various different architectural styles. It was initially designed in a Gothic style.
- The cathedral has 3 massive altars beautifully decorated.
- The Milan Cathedral got a new LED lighting system installed in 2015.