With its famous Madonnina, the golden statue which stands out from the biggest spire of the tiburium, the Duomo is an enormous cathedral, one of the biggest Gothic churches in the world. 157 metres long and 92 metres wide at its widest point it is situated in the heart of the city.
The bronze doors are decorated in bas-relief which tells the story of the life of the Virgin, Saint Ambrose and scenes from the life of the city. Worth noting, around the apse, the Gothic fretwork on the stained glass windows showing a snike (biscione) swallowing a man, the Visconti symbol.
Internal excavations have recently brought to light the ruins of a baptistery dating back to the IV century.
Inside, the grandiose vastness of the temple and the suggestiveness emanating from the weak polychrome lights reflected in the great windows create an atmosphere of respect and religious silence. Divided into five aisles with a transept of three aisles, the Duomo is occupied by very 52 high pillars which support the vaults. All along the sides are mausoleums and the tombs of illustrious figures frescoes and sculptures.
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