Milan Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Milano) is the cathedral church of Milan in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi. The Gothic cathedral took five centuries to complete and is the fourth-largest church in the world. Milan's Duomo is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world: only Seville Cathedral is larger (and St. Peter's Basilica doesn't count because it's not a cathedral). It is 157 metres long and 40,000 people can fit comfortably within. Construction of the Cathedral in Milan, in Gothic style, started in 1386 by the archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo, on the site of the former cathedral Santa Maria Maggiore. In 1572 Saint Carlo Borromeo reconsecrated the church. The main spire, built in 1769, is 109 meters high and has on top a golden laminated statue of the Madonna. The main construction of the cathedral including the west facade were finished in 1813. The cathedral has a nave with five aisles and contains around 3400 statues.
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