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


Duomo doors


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.


Interior cathedral


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


The main entrance portal of Vittorio Emanuele, in the 1650's work was begun on the western facade but it was not completed until the 19th century. This facade is more classical in detail than Gothic. Entrance and dome of the Galleria (far right) across from the Duomo Piazza. The roof and the piazza from the roof was begun on the cupola in the late 15th century. The spire, completed in the 18th century, extends 350 feet above the cupola.


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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