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Il Duomo di Milano
Cathedral in Milan

This gothic testimony to Italy's great architecture is constructed of white marble. The project, sponsored by the Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti (picture below carrying a model of the cathedral), started in 1386 and actual construction began in 1408.  It took dozens of architects, some of which came from France and Germany, several hundred sculptors and thousands of workers over six centuries to complete the cathedral.  Most of the immense quantities of white 

and pink marble needed for the project was donated by the Duke of Milan who owned  the marble caves of Candoglia.  The cathedral is located at the heart of Milan and is the city's symbol.  The "Piazza dell Duomo", Milan's main square, is surrounded by a number of famous buildings such as the Basilica di Sant'Abrogio,  

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