Milan's Duomo

What is it: The Duomo is the third largest cathedral in Europe (after St Peter's in Vatican City and Seville Cathedral) and the fifth largest in the world. It took 600 years to complete - construction started in 1386 and the final details were finished in 1965.
What's it like: It's a very striking and unusual cathedral. It's built from Candoglia marble, which gives it a much brighter, whiter look than most other Gothic cathedrals that are usually built from stone. From the outside it seems to occupy more space horizontally, rather than vertically reaching for the skies (and in terms of height it is the 73rd tallest church in Europe) but once you're inside the scale of it still takes your breath away.
Where: Milan, Italy
When: November 2019
How: I flew to Milan Linate airport and stayed in the city for a couple of days with my friends Justine and Sam.

Worth noting: The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, can be found in another church (Santa Maria delle Grazie) a short walk from the Duomo. It is well worth seeing but you need to book your tickets in advance.
Place in the 2015 edition: 245
Did it deserve to lose its place in the 2020 top 500: I don't think so. It's an unusual and memorable place.

Duomo Milan

Inside Milan Duomo