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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Duomo di Milano, Italy

The gothic Milan Cathedral, the second largest church in Italy after St. Peters, took over 500 years to complete---started in 1386, largely finished in 1805 for the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte, and finishing touches (e.g. the punch list) put on as late as 1965.  A few decades later the restorations begin!

This place truly evokes the majesty of a redwood forest.  One feels insignificant walking besides these giant columns (which I guess was the whole point).  Even the ceilings looked like a dense forest canopy.  Twas a marvel to behold.....