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Old 17th September 2008
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Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

The Milan Cathedral- Duomo in italian- is one of the largest churches in the world, and the second largest Gothic Cathedral in the world. Its construction lasted a staggering 500 years, from the 14th to 19th century. The following photos do not do it justice regarding its size- that building has to be seen to be believed, and even then its scale is, to a large degree, simply beyond comrehension. Some photos of the exterior:






To describe that temple as ornate would be to miss the perfect opportunity to use the word "ostentatious". The gargoyles, spires and pinacles form eye-wateringly complex shapes. An interesting architectural detail is that the buttresses are actually used to hold and distribute the weight of the whole complex. I have to admit that I took few photos of that "forest". I simply did not know where to start from.







And, of course, it's when you go inside that the jaw actually starts its downward journey to a rendez-vous with the floor. The space inside would put quite a few airplane hangars to shame. It's cavernous.


Τhis is the view from the entrance.








The view from the back of the Cathedral


If you reached this far, thank you for taking the time to see these photographs. I admit that I went a bit wild in post-processing, because I was trying to convey that dark, gothic aura of that building. I do not know whether I was successfull or not.

PS. I apologise in advance for any grammar, spelling or syntax blunders.
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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Fantastic set of pictures and most enlightening. Looks like the Milan Duomo is definitely one for the "Do before I die" list!

Thanks for sharing
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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Some nice shots of the outside which is as you say is a feast of stone images, and the inside shots are difficult as the lighting is very poor.

I've never had the courage to photograph inside the large Italian cathedrals as they usually have services and I feel that i am intruding.

Milan Duomo is probably the best to photograph.

Did you go up to the roof?

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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Yep I agree, this is an especially beautiful cathedral and is wonderful to photograph. You have captured it very well indeed with a wonderful set of pictures. #2 is a superb capture, but some of the inside look a little noisy and a tad dark.

Were some of those outside taken with the 8mm fisheye...?
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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Just one question, whenever I have been in Milan there has always been scaffolding around part of the building. Has it now finally gone?

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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Thank you for some very impressive images and commentary. Yes, looking at your images, I can believe it took about 25 generations to produce it. So large and so much detail. The internal shots must have been a great challenge without studio lighting but, given the conditions, you have managed capture these shots well.
Thank you for posting this.

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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Thanks for showing these, I have never been there but it does look truely inspirational.

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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Thank you everybody for your kind comments.

John, yes, the first exterior shot is taken with the fisheye. What a lens to use!
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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Super stuff - thanks. We went through Milan on a train some years ago - I think Anne was using film back then.

Thank goodness for digital Oly.

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Re: Milan Duomo- a small photographic tour [warning- lots of photos]

Fine pictures indeed, It is an outstanding place, I think only St Peter's and Seville are bigger?
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