Cathedral, Milan, Italy

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Milan’s cathedral is a glorious pile of stone, a strange mix of the Gothic style, which never moved too terribly further south on such a grand scale, and other more Renaissance style motifs, such as the half moon lintels above the five front portals of the church.

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No major cathedral is ever completely free of scaffolding, but it does not obscure the mottled white, blue and pink marble of the exterior.

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The cathedral is one of the largest churches in the world, and when you’re standing up next to it, you do get a sense of its massiveness.

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But perhaps without any other accompanying buildings of the same scale, it is hard to get a sense of proportion.

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The giant bronze doors are the few elements that break with the stones’ multi-colored hegemony.

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The exterior sculpture clearly represents many different eras, from different periods in the cathedral’s construction.

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Humor also comes out, as in such elements as this man’s face below.

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