Friday, March 27, 2015

Duomo di Milano

Disclaimer...
while I know that one photo makes a statement, it just isn't in me. So much beauty at every turn. And yes, I realize this is turning into more of a photo journal than a blog. But I'm not good at one cookie on a lonely plate either.

Now continue ;) ...
Other than the Katy Perry concert, the only true site on our to-do list was the Duomo. Taking more than 6 centuries to complete and being the 5th largest church in the world (largest in Italy), pieces beneath the Duomo date back to 335 AD (The old baptistery, the Battistero Paleocristiano, dates to 335 and still can be visited under the Milan Cathedral). Wow!

Many migrant men met us in the piazza in front of the Duomo, selling wares and luring tourists. All were friendly, especially with the girls, but wade your way through hawkers is always a bit daunting when you just want to be in peace with the event.

Pigeon feeding/photographing proved to be the most interesting activity prior to entry. Ceiba wasn't havin' it, but Avocet was in her element. I've gotta say, I even enjoyed a minute or two in the midst of aviary mayhem.
Upon walking inside the Duomo, if felt awing, similar to the feeling of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Just a moment of memory, in the steps of so many before and such history and dedication. It is a true beauty, an amazing architectural and artistic marvel. It was an honor to walk within her inspiring walls.