Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy

The Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano is one of the largest churches in the world.  It definitely looks impressive in this picture.  It is a  gorgeous mass of marble which houses 135 spires and 3,400 statues.   It has a rather Antonio Gaudi feel with all the gingerwork spirally around.

It was started in 1386.  Initially it was a Gothic cathedral, but with the passing of several centuries, the designs of this stunning structure went through significant modifications, and the finished Duomo di Milano  is a strange amalgam of various distinct  styles.

The interior of this structure is lofty and somewhat gloomy when compared with its dazzling exterior.   It just doesn’t have enough windows to lift the solemn air even though its vast spaces are predominated by large stained-glass windows.

Glide around the piazza, via Google Earth here.  It has shots in summer with flowers blooming and Christmas with an extravaganza of lights and Christmas trees.