Milan Cathedral

An exceptionally large and elaborate Gothic cathedral on the main square of Milan, the Duomo di Milano is one of the most famous buildings in Europe. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world. The Duomo is literally at the center of Milan with its main streets radiating from the cathedral itself. The cathedral occupies a site that has been the most central location in the city since its founding.

milan cathedralThe Cathedral is strongly linked to the Magisterium of the Bishops who have succeeded to the throne of St. Ambrose and to the history of the millions of faithful who collect their thoughts there each year to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries.  Saint Ambrose built a new basilica on this site at the beginning of the 5th century, with an adjoining basilica added in 836, but fire damaged both buildings in 1075. In 1386 the archbishop, Antonio da Saluzzo, began the new project in a Late Gothic style that produced the majestic building we are familiar with today. Work proceeded for generations and Gothic construction on the rest of the Duomo was largely complete in the 1880s. The Duomo was recently under major renovations and cleaning for several years, obscuring the west front with scaffolding. Works were finally completed in 2009, revealing the newly-cleaned facade in all its glory. Over the years numerous master builders were involved and the initial design was continuously altered to be even more spectacular. The long construction period also led to a variety of styles but the final result is a decidedly flamboyant Gothic design with a splendid facade.

Opening Times

General Admission
Every day: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm. Last ticket at 6.00 am. Last admission 6.10 pm
Archaeological Area
Every day: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm. Last ticket at 6.00 pm. Last admission 6.10 pm
St. Charles Cript (inside the Cathedral in the visitors area)
Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday: 1.30 pm – 3.30  pm
Every day: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. Last ticket 6.00 pm. Last admission 6.10 pm
Museum and Church of S. Gottardo in Corte
Thursday – Tuesday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. Last ticket at 5.00 pm. Last admission 5.10 pm
Wednesday: closed


(you can pay individually but it is far cheaper to buy entrance tickets together)
Duomo Pass A € 15.0
Terraces by lift, Duomo, Museum, Church of St.Gottardo in Corte and Archaeological Area.
Duomo Pass B € 11.00
Terraces on foot, Duomo, Museum, Church of St.Gottardo in Corte and Archaeological Area.
Ascent with elevator: € 13.00  Ascent on foot: € 8.00

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