Commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the Cathedral started being built in 1386. It is the third largest church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and after the Cathedral of Seville. It is overall made of marble, with immense statues, arches, pillars, pinnacles. The statues are about 3500, including the 96 gargoyles. The highest pinnacle is at the height of 108.5 metres, and it has on its top the statue of the Virgin Mary, best known as the “Madonnina”, covered of gold. Inside the church there are many interesting works of art: the tomb of Gian Giacomo Medici di Marignano, known as “Il Medeghino”; the crypt and St. Carlo Borromeo’s statue; the wooden choir-stails; the Tivulziano candelabrum; the Egyptian porphyry basin. There also old stained-glass windows of the XV century
The Terraces on the roof of the cathedral in Milan represent a unique innovation in the construction of cathedral roofs. They have a surface of 8,000 mq which is covered by marble of Condoglia (a particular pit on the Lago Maggiore) continuously maintained. There are 201 steps to climb in order to get to the top and once there, you will have a breathtaking view on the whole city. On the terrace visitors will have the possibility to admire magnificent arches, the 135 pinnacles of the cathedral, the numerous statues (180) and to breath a peaceful atmosphere over this constantly active city, with good weather you can even see the Italian and Switzer Alps. From there you will see the famous “La Madonnina”, the gilded copper statue by Giuseppe Perego, symbol of the city and situated on the major spire of the Cathedral.