1386 – Duomo, Milan, Italy


Built from the late 14th well into the 19th century, the Duomo di Milano is one of the world’s largest churches, being second in size within Italy only to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and being the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world, after the Cathedral of Seville in Spain.

In 1386 the archbishop, Antonio da Saluzzo, began construction in a rayonnant Late Gothic style more typically French than Italian. Over the centuries many hands had design control over the building until Napoleon finally ordered completion of the facade in 1805.

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