Tuesday, 29 September 2015

My 3 day Italy trip - Milano, Piazza of the Cathedral, the Cathedral's façade - The 20th of September 2015


We reached Milan Central Station by early afternoon and because we had two hours to spare before heading to Malpensa Airport we tried to leave our back packs at the baggage bureau to soon realise the queue was so gigantic that it would be better to hop onto the metro and visit the Cathedral with the weight on rather than miss the opportunity to do so.

We walked directly into the Piazza bearing the same name as the Cathedral with a monumento to King Vitorio Emanuelle II, to whom the Italians are said to have given the epithet of Father of the Fatherland, once he became the first King of the Kingdom of Italy, a Gallery named after him, said to be one of the world's oldest shopping malls  housed within a four-storey double arcade,  the Palazzo Carminati and the Cathedral, which was magnificent to look at and clearly the most attractive of them all.

We feared not being allowed in because of our back packs but once we were told it would be possible and they were looked through at the check-in point by  the Carabineri we walked to the Royal Palace of Milan, just across the road from the Catedral's entrance to buy the entry tickets, not before having taken a few photographs of its main façade, which was very impressive.

Dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity, the Gothic Cathedral is said to have taken nearly six centuries to complete, being the 5th largest church in the world and the 2nd largest in Italy.

(To be continued)


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