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Duomo Cathedral in Milan

Duomo Cathedral in Milan

Duomo Cathedral is the most visited site in Milan. It is an amazing cathedral in gothic style that most will describe as breathtaking. Thousands of statues in white marble that overlook the surrounding area will leave no one indifferent. Apart from the cathedral, visitors may also visit the terraces and the museum of Duomo.

The term Duomo comes from the Latin word domus, and now bears a meaning of a Church. All cities in Italy have a Duomo and it stands for the main Cathedral that is located in the center of the city.
The work on the construction of Milan’s Duomo started in 1386 and it took almost six hundred years to complete. The locals would say that the work on Duomo has never stopped, which is true in a sense since the parts of the cathedral are constantly under construction for the maintenance and reconstruction purposes.

Milan’s Duomo is a gothic cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente. At first, the cathedral was built out of bricks and afterwards covered with white marble. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest one in Italy (The Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome is larger, but it is in the Vatican State). The building is adorned with around 3,160 statues that contribute to its magnificence and beauty.

Ticket prices and working hours of Duomo Cathedral in Milan
Ticket prices for Duomo Cathedral in Milan
Regular ticket price is: 2 Euros (€).
Working hours of the Duomo Cathedral in Milan
From Monday to Sunday working hours are: 8:00-19:00h.

Ticket prices and working hours of the terraces of Duomo Cathedral
Regular ticket price on foot is: 9 Euros (€).
Reduced ticket price on foot is: 4.5 Euros (€).
Regular ticket price by elevator is: 13 Euros (€).
Reduced ticket price by elevator is: 7 Euros (€).
(!) Keep in mind that there are 250 steps in total, in case visitors decide to reach the roof of the Cathedral on foot.
Working hours of Duomo terraces in Milan
From Monday to Sunday working hours are: 9:00-19:00h.

Ticket prices and working hours of Duomo Museum in Milan
Regular ticket price is: 6 Euros (€).
Reduced ticket price is: 3 Euros (€).
(!) In case visitors buy a ticket for Duomo Museum, the entrance to the Cathedral is free of charge.
Working hours of Duomo Museum
From Monday to Sunday working hours are: 9:00-19:00h.

Reduced price- older than 65 years, younger than 26, a family visit (2 adults and at least one child 6-17 years of age).
Free entrance– children younger than 6 years, disabled individuals and their companions.
We advise you to check ticket prices and working hours before visiting – check the official website of the Duomo Cathedral in Milan.

There are also cumulative tickets called Duomo Pass. These tickets are valid for 72h after you have entered the first attraction of the cathedral.
Duomo pass A –a visit to the cathedral, a visit to the terraces by elevator and Duomo Museum.
Regular ticket price is: 16 Euros (€).
Reduced ticket price is: 8 Euros (€).
Duomo pass B – a visit to the cathedral, a visit to the terraces on foot and Duomo Museum.
Regular ticket price is: 12 Euros (€).
Reduced ticket price is: 6 Euros (€).

Reduced price- older than 65 years, younger than 26 years.
Free– children under 6 years, disabled individuals and their companions.
(!) The last ticket can be bought 60 minutes before closing, while the last entrance is 50 minutes before closing. Visitors must exit 30 minutes before closing time.


Interesting facts

  • On 26th May 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned the King of Italy in Milan’s Duomo.
  • It is said that if the Duomo statues were placed on top of each other, they would reach a height of about 5.3 kilometers.
  • According to one of the studies, the brand of the city of Milan is worth 400 billion Euros, of which the brand Duomo amounts to some 82 billion of this value.
  • Around 5 million people visit Duomo during the year. On a working day, the average number of visits is 10,000 while during the weekend is around 20,000-25,000 per day.
  • The highest point of Duomo is 108m.
  • In 1774, a statue called Madonnina was placed on the top of Duomo. It is a 4m high golden plated statue that soon afterwards became the symbol of the city.
  • According to the tradition, no building was to exceed the height of Madonnina of 108.5m. The first building to do so was Grattacielo Pirelli (127m high). In order to respect the tradition, a copy of Madonnina was placed on top of the Pirelli building.
  • The highest point of Duomo is 108m.
  • Combined weight of Duomo’s statues is some 325,000 tones.

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