ADVENTURES OF VERINA & VINCENT IN EUROPE
Milan Duomo (cathedral) 14th and 15th century with 135 spires
Milan (Milano in the Italian language, and Milán in Milanese dialect, from Latin, Mediolanum with the meaning of 'in the middle of the plain') is the main city in northern Italy, and is located in the plains of Lombardy, one of the most developed Italian regions. It has about 1.3 million inhabitants, but the urban area totals about 4 million. It is the capital of the region and is by some defined as the economic capital of Italy. It has for many centuries been recorded as Mailand, which is still the German name of the city today.
Tower top, St. Ambrogio
Front of Duomo
Begun in the 1380's on a site where several churches had existed earlier, the building of this cathedral was fraught with difficulties. Over a number of years several different architects and consultants (including Leonardo and Bramante) were asked to work on the design.
Duomo Cathedral Milan, built 1380-19th century
By side cathedral
Amazing construction and architecture
One of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world
On the top roof cathedral
The cathedral is white marble, over a brick core, and has a cruciform plan. One of the largest cathedrals in the world (14,000 square yards) it was designed to accommodate 40,000 worshippers. The forest of pinnacles, the tracery panels, and the rich embellishment with statuary identifies it as Late Gothic. Closer to France than most Italian cathedrals, it borrows more directly from the French "rayonnant" style.
Main Altar cathedral
One of chapel in cathedral
The town is famous for fashion firms and shops (via Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele on the Piazza del Duomo, reputed to be the world's oldest shopping mall. Another famed product of the city is the traditional sweet cake called panettone.
Heroic statue on the middle Duomo square
Duomo square with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
First shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 1877
Going inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Shopping area for tourist and artist
LAST SUPPER karya terkenal Leonardo da Vinci (original), at Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan (1498)
Bartholomew, James Minor and Andrew form a
group of three. All are
aghast, Andrew to the point of holding his hands up in a "stop!" gesture.
Judas, Peter and John form the next group of three. Judas, you will note, has his face in shadow and is clutching a small bag (of silver?). Peter is visibly angry and a feminine-looking John seems about to swoon.
Christ is the calm in the midst of the storm. Thomas, James Major and Philip are next. Thomas is clearly agitated, James Major stunned and Philip seems to be seeking clarification. Matthew, Thaddeus and Simon comprise the last group of three figures. It appears that, when a situation turns ugly, Simon is the "go to" guy for explanations.
Santa Maria della Grazie convent, 15th Century
Its province lies in the western part of Lombardy; it covers an area of 1,982 sq. km and has a population of 3,707,210 (2001 census); in 1991 the population was 3,738,685. The province comprises 188 communes, ranging in population (2001) from (obviously) Milan (1,256,211) to Nosate (638); the commune of Milan has lost 113,084 inhabitants (8,3%), from 1991 to 2001.
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