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Milan Duomo |
Milan: the captivity of Mark Twain

Milan Duomo is drawn from Chapter Two, beginning on page 59, of Volume Seven, A Glorious Disaster of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit www.TheChristians.info.

The great bard of the Mississippi confesses himself wholly smitten by a cathedral

Milan Duomo - Milan: the captivity of Mark Twain

Milan Duomo – Milan: the captivity of Mark Twain
The intricacies of the great pinnacle of the Duomo (Cathedral) of Milan, known as the Tiburio, manifest the Italian Gothic style. It dates back to the fifteenth century. The upper part of the facade was completed early in the nineteenth century. Note the typically Gothic windows. The summer sun sets over the cathedral spires. Across the bottom: The north face of the cathedral in the winter fog of Milan.

Mark Twain perhaps best described the rapture that embraces people when they first see the Duomo (cathedral) of Milan. “What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast!” he wrote, “and yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems … a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath! … They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter’s at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.” Undeniably, in terms of height it is second only to the uncompleted Beauvais. However, it can be argued that it is superior to Beauvais in the fact that it is still standing and completed. (Beauvais’ great tower collapsed.)

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