Il Duomo Di Milano
Cultural Connections/ Monuments
The Milan cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan and it was dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity. The cathedral took almost 6 centuries to finish! It is the 6th largest church in the world and the largest in Italy. Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo began the construction in 1386. Command of construction was given to Gian Galeazzo Visconti shortly after construction began. He hired a French chief engineer because he wanted it to have a French style unlike most other buildings in Italy. They continued to build it for many years but when Gian Galeazzo died and there were was little money and ideas, construction stopped until 1480. the tombs of Marco Carelli and Pope Martin V were added during this time.