The Milan Cathedral – Duomo di Milano

According to wikipedia…..

The cathedral of Milano is often described as one of the greatest churches in the world. The ground plan is of a nave with five aisles, crossed by a transept and then followed by choir and apsis. The height of the nave is about 45 meters, the highest Gothic vaults of a complete church (less than the 48 meters of Beauvais Cathedral that was never completed).

The roof is open to tourists (for a fee), which allows many a close-up view of some spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated. The roof of the cathedral is renowned for the forest of openwork pinnacles and spires, set upon delicate flying buttresses.

The cathedral’s five wide naves, divided by 40 pillars, are reflected in the hierarchic openings of the facade. Even the transepts have aisles. The nave columns are 24.5 metres (80 ft) high, and the apsidal windows are 20.7 x 8.5 metres (68 x 28 feet). The huge building is of brick construction, faced with marble from the quarries which Gian Galeazzo Visconti donated in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter. Its maintenance and repairs are very complicated.

So, all cool stuff, but for me, the allure to the location was all about the color and texture. I have seen a few images of this incredible cathedral and went on a mission to capture it for myself. Kind of an insane trip actually, but worth the effort I think. While bumbling along the Mediterranean coast on my way to Lake Como, I had a little bit of time in Milan between train connections and decided to blaze out into the concrete jungle of Milan on a mission. Tripods were kind of a no no here and there was a bazillion people all over the place (of course I wandered into this city on a Sunday), so it was a bit of a challenge.

Not much of a story here, I know!

And, on a totally unrelated note, I came across this a few minutes ago and thought I would share it. Enjoy!

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

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