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Milan, is the capital of the Lombardy region of northern Italy. It is the wealthiest city in Italy and the nations financial hub. It is also the nation's largest city in terms of metropolitan population.
In the foreground is the Sforza Castle. The curved skyscraper on the left was completed in 2020 and is the Libeskind or PwC Tower. Behind the clouds on the horizon are the snow covered Alps.
The Castello Sforzesco (Italian for "Sforza's Castle") is a medieval fortification that was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Extensively rebuilt in 1891–1905, it now houses several of the city's museums and art collections.
Looking south throught the Filarete Tower, one sees the castle fountain, and beyond that the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi and the via Dante
Construction on the Milan Duomo (The Cathedral - Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary) began in 1386 and continues to this day, with the final phase of construction begun by Napoleon in the early 19th century. With more than 3400 statues, 135 gargoyles, and 700 figures, there are more statues on this gothic masterpiece than any other building in the world.
The second person to arrive at the cathedral this morning was this nun who arrived before sunrise, for a quite moment of solitude and prayer.
With sunrise, the city awakes and the pigeons and tourists arrive at the Piazza del Duomo
Wide and shallow angle shots from the Duomo roof facing southeast. In the foreground is the Palazza de Reale Milan and the Ducal Palace. Between the spires are the Velasca (L) and Martini Towers (R).
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