The Milan Cathedral, or Duomo di Milano, is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy.  American author, Mark Twain, visited the Milan Cathedral in the summer of 1867 and described it as “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!”

It’s such a perfect description of the cathedral which is both massive and delicate, with so many fine details.

Here are three of my favorite photos from in and around the Duomo.  What do you think?  Do you have a preference below?

Soon to come are additional photos from the Duomo roof…

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Duomo di Milano Photo #1.  A glimpse at the ornate carvings on the exterior of the Milan Cathedral.

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Duomo di Milano Photo #2.  The altar and organ of the Milan Cathedral. 

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Duomo di Milano Photo #3.  The exterior of the Milan Cathedral at night.  While I feel my night shots are improving, the Piazza del Duomo is full of people night and day, and I do not yet know how to deal with moving people while taking a long exposure to get adequate light in for the Cathedral.  Any tips for me?

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Join the conversation! 10 Comments

  1. I think no 2 shows the size and the magnitude of the cathedral

  2. Wow, I’ve been there, but we didn’t go inside. Now I wish we did! Love the night photo too.

  3. Milan as well? That’s quite a trip! Absolutely love the last one 🙂

    • Seven cities in Europe and Asia in three weeks. We traveled 20,000 miles. It was educational and exhausting at the same time!

  4. These are all gorgeous! But I love the last one because of the movement you got in the shot! The blurred people really makes this picture special 🙂


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About Sage Scott

Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Architecture, City, One Thing, Three Ways, Photography, Travel


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