• LOCATION 2 | The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace

    Around the Duomo

    Turn left at the corner and walk down the side of the building keeping it on your left.

    As you walk down you’ll see photos of the marble used to build the Duomo. It comes from quarries on Lake Maggiore called Candoglia and to this day they are still the Cathedral's sole property. The original statues are sent to the Duomo Museum when they are beyond repair and exact replicas are made using the newly mined pinky-white marble. That’s why there’s such a contrast in colour in some parts especially on the rooftop terraces. Check out the row of monstrous gargoyles up above, all jutting out and looking down on us. They are an ingenious piece of mediaeval engineering because they drain away rainfall. But the locals also hoped that these terrible images would keep the devil at bay.

    Continue along down the side of the Duomo. You'll hear from me in a few moments.

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The Mysteries of Milan: From the Duomo to the Royal Palace