Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
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Entitled – Milan. The Cathedral, Milan.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Milan. – The express train from Venice to Milan performs the journey in 5 hours 40 minutes.
This city, the capital of Lombardy and chief financial centre of Italy, is situated on the small River Olona, and is seven miles in circumference.
The gross population numbers 373,000, ranking next to Naples in this respect.
The old part of the town consists of narrow and irregular streets intersected by canals, and beyond these are suburbs named after the different gates.
The centre of public life in Milan is, without doubt, the Piazza del Dumo, shown in our illustration ; this square is also the centre of the omnibus and tramway systems.
The Cathedral in the Piazza is considered by the Milanese to be the eighth wonder of the world, and certainly is, after St. Peter’s at Rome and the Cathedral at Seville, the largest church in Christendom.
This huge structure, probably the most perfectly beautiful building in the world, is built entirely of white marble, and covers an area of 14,000 square yards, of which space 2,400 square yards are taken up by pillars and walls.
The interior measures 496ft. by 288ft., and seats 40,000 persons.
The breadth of the facade is 219ft., and the nave is 157ft. high; even the roof is of marble, and externally the Cathedral looks too beautifully fragile to be real, with its 98 turrets and forest of lesser spires, among which are placed upwards of 2,000 statues.
The stained-glass window of the choir is the largest in the world; and the Cathedral was consecrated by St. Charles Borromeo in 1577.
The highest tower is 360ft. above the Piazza, and the view therefrom includes Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa.
The gallery of that beautiful arcade, the Piazza della Scala, is 325yds. long, 16yds. wide, and 94ft. high; and it cost £325,000.
It contains handsome shops, and twenty-four statues of famous Italians; it is also surmounted by a cupola 180ft. high.
A monument to Leonardo da Vinci, erected in 1872, is also seen in the Piazza della Scala.
One of the largest hospitals in Europe is the Ospedale Maggiore, in the Corso di Porta Romana; it contains nine courts, and the whole edifice is covered externally with terra cotta.
The Corso Venezia is the best street in Milan; and to the north-west of the city lies the Pizzia d’Armi, or drill-ground, 783yds. by 748yds.
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