Milan Cathedral

The Milan Cathedral, or Duomo di Milano, is in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Its construction began in 1386, but construction stopped from 1402 to 1480 due to lack of funding. When construction started up again, the largest obstacle delaying completion was the structural design of the tiburio, or crossing tower. Both Leonardo da Vinci and Donato Bramante, another Italian architect, were very involved in attempting to find a solution to this problem. Da Vinci’s design was not chosen by the architects to solve this stability problem. A cross vaulted ceiling was designed to support the tiburio, as well as the 135 spires that define the façade of the cathedral. Officially, the Milan Cathedral didn’t reach completion until 1965 because it was continuously added to over the course of six centuries.

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1386 to 1965