Milan Cathed­ral

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While in Milan, I also bought a tick­et to the cathed­ral and attached museum.

Of course outside of the neat framed shot, it actu­ally looks like this: tour­ists and build­ing work.

At this point I got very frus­trated at the fact that my replace­ment phone hadn’t arrived before I trav­elled, and how much better the photos could have been if I wasn’t stuck using an old backup one or had brought my DSLR instead.

Again not so great expos­ure, but these stained glass windows are huge.

A descent into the crypt where the curse of the badly trans­lated Itali­an museum captions strikes again. They never seem to get a native speak­er or special­ist in histor­ic­al or herit­age text to do them, and they’re always full of vocab mistakes even when the gram­mar is correct. For instance here the Itali­an word sepol­cro was trans­lated as “grave­yard” rather than sepulchre or crypt. A pet hate of mine.

coins on sepulchre floor

Most of the coins thrown into this pit seemed to be euros. A lack of inter­na­tion­al tour­ists for the past few years.


They also had these half-hearted recre­ations of the mosa­ics that were on the floor in Roman times.

The door handles had these carvings of crusaders (liter­ally) stabbing each other in the back. I had to study the Gesta Fran­cor­um at univer­sity. It seemed to be never ending epis­odes of “this person kindly gave the crusaders accom­mod­a­tion until they stole all the roof leads/​drank the entire cellar of wine/​stole all the goats and the host got sick of them and threw them out”

Taking some busy time out of murder and plun­der­ing to pledge alle­gi­ance. I think it’s Barbar­ossa?

Next to the cathed­ral is a museum with vari­ous disused sculp­tures from the church. The displays were recently redone so the sculp­tures are dramat­ic­ally lit up against dark back­grounds. What an incred­ible amount of money the medi­ev­al church had from the backs of the peas­antry.

This mitre was one of the most inter­est­ing things- an early gift from Mexico to the pope, made with a tradi­tion­al Aztec tech­nique using cactus paper and feath­ers

Rejec­ted gargoyles

Dad, dad…

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