Historic centre of Milan

Historic centre of Milan

Duomo, MilanMilan is known for its designers’ shops of both fashion and furniture. Each year, Milan is hosting the Milan Furniture Fair that attracts people from across the world to admire the latest trends in light and furniture design.

However, there is more to the city than just setting modern trends for the future generations. Only-apartments Milan will allow you to Milan historic centre is beautiful and reflects Italians’ deep faith. The area around the main church called Duomo was the religious centre of Milan in the 4th century. It’s best to book accommodation in this area of Milan in advance as it is well popular, try Only-apartments Milan for the best options. Here are some of the most important sights in the historic area of Milan.

Duomo

The third largest church in the world after St Peter’s and Seville Cathedral, the Duomo towers over the large square named after it. The construction of Duomo began in 1386 with the city’s bishop Antonio de Saluzzo as its patron. German and French architects supervised the works on the church. They used the Candoglia marble, which was transported along the Navigli canals. The cathedral was consecrated in 1418, yet remained unfinished until the 19th century, when Napoleon, who was crowned King of Italy here, had the façade completed.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria was one of the first iron and glass constructions in Italy. It is an elegant arcade lined with cafes, shops and famous restaurant, Savini. The gallery was designed to connect Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala, and formed part of an ambitious urban renewal project. On the floor in the central octagonal area, directly under the 47 meter high glass dome, is the heraldic symbol of the Savoy family, a white cross on a red ground. Around it are the arms of four major Italian cities: the bull of Turin, the wolf of Rome, the lily of Florence and the red cross on a white ground, which represents Milan.

Teatro alla Scala

It was built in 1776-8 by Giuseppe Piermarini. This opera house owes its name to the fact that it stands on the site of Santa Maria della Scala, a church built in 1381 for Regina della Scala, Bernadro Visconti’s wife. The theater opened in 1778 but it was bombed in 1943 and rebuilt 3 years later. After an extensive restoration programme that saw the addition of a new stage tower designed by Mario Botta, La Scala opened again in 2004.

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