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It boasts marble spires, gargoyles, and more than 3, statues, which you can admire up close from its rooftop. It consists of two churches: a Gothic-style Upper Basilica and a Romanesque-style Lower Basilica adorned with medieval frescoes painted by artists like Cimabue, Giotto, and Pietro Lorenzetti. Its Romanesque-Gothic facade is adorned with marble bas-reliefs, glittering golden mosaics, and an enormous rose window built by the sculptor Orcagna. Mary which took local artist Ugolino di Prete Ilario a decade to finish. Built in , this cathedral is one of the most beautiful and ambitious Gothic churches in Italy, characterized by its extravagant zebra-striped bands of marble.
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Interestingly, by the time Brunelleschi was born, the cathedral itself had already been under construction for 80 years. Prepare for neckache! Its facade glitters with over square meters of mosaics, and the walls are clad in marbles from Palestine, Egypt and Syria.
The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete: construction began in , and the final details were completed in It is the largest church in Italy—the larger St. Peter's Basilica is in the State of Vatican City , a sovereign nation—and the second largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. Milan's layout, with streets either radiating from the Duomo or circling it, reveals that the Duomo occupies what was the most central site in Roman Mediolanum , that of the public basilica facing the forum. It seems to share, on a slightly smaller scale, the plan of the contemporaneous church recently rediscovered beneath Tower Hill in London.
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