A Gothic Masterpiece

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“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.”
Proverbs 18:10

The Milan Cathedral, or Duomo, is one of the five largest cathedrals in the world, taking over 600 years to build. A church has stood on this location since the 5th century. The Cathedral is a wonder of Gothic architecture as it’s spires seem to reach up to Heaven. There are 135 spires and 3200 statues.
Mark Twain’s observation of the Milan Cathedral from Innocents Abroad:
“What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems …a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!…”

(photograph: Milan Cathedral, Julie Cook)

5 comments on “A Gothic Masterpiece

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    It is worth going to Milan just to see this.

    • Oh Debra, you are so right! It is breathtaking to behold–I was stunned as I entered the piazza and first saw the Cathedral– the view from the roof is not one to be forgotten!! Thank you for your comment. Ciao 🙂

  2. Val says:

    I’m trying to remember and am drawing a blank. What famous artwork is inside???

  3. Bryn Marlow says:

    Such beauty created in the name of religion. Such horrors visited upon the world in the same vein. Reason to hope and to celebrate the delusion of frostwork, the take-your-breath-away sights, the grandeur that presents itself in one way or another to us each day. Thanks for sharing.

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