We visited Italy for 19 days in 2009. Four of those days were spent in Milan and we thought that the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) was by far the most impressive building in the entire city.
According to Wikipedia, “The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy.”
Well, not quite. Let’s examine these statements. Yes, it was begun in 1386 and not completed until 1965. So the first statement is correct. But it is the fifth largest church in the world, not the fifth largest cathedral. St. Peter’s in Rome is bigger. But St. Peter’s is a basilica and not a cathedral. So, yes, it is the largest cathedral in Italy and also the largest church in Italy because St Peter’s is in the Vatican which is a country of its own. And St. Peter’s is the largest church in the world.
Whatever! Further down the Wikipedia article I discovered that John Ruskin hated it and Henry James thought it was “not supremely interesting.” But Mark Twain loved it. So there.
So whatever it is, this photo of the Duomo is my entry this week to Laura and Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne’s website. Go see what other photographers have on display this week.