The Duomo on Digg!

I got a heads up this evening that one of my shots was on Digg (thanks for all the positive diggs!). It was this first one of The Duomo from Milan. The second one I posted is of the exterior.

I don’t know if I can describe this place as well as Mark Twain did in Innocents Abroad in 1867, so I will just let him do it:

What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems …a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!… The central one of its five great doors is bordered with a bas-relief of birds and fruits and beasts and insects, which have been so ingeniously carved out of the marble that they seem like living creatures– and the figures are so numerous and the design so complex, that one might study it a week without exhausting its interest…everywhere that a niche or a perch can be found about the enormous building, from summit to base, there is a marble statue, and every statue is a study in itself…Away above, on the lofty roof, rank on rank of carved and fretted spires spring high in the air, and through their rich tracery one sees the sky beyond. … (Up on) the roof…springing from its broad marble flagstones, were the long files of spires, looking very tall close at hand, but diminishing in the distance…We could see, now, that the statue on the top of each was the size of a large man, though they all looked like dolls from the street… They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter’s at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.

The Airy Doom of the Duomo

Dark Duomo

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  • http://www.pmwfotos.blogspot.com p.m.w

    i read through this too fast and missed the first part, i thought those were all your words, hehe, you write like that…:) nice Cathedral shots again…

  • jo

    amazing! almost looks as if they were computer generated instead of taken by a camera. *sigh*…yet another place to add to my list of places i want to go.

  • http://www.maxbelloni.com Massimo Belloni

    These images are among the HDR “classic” recognized everywhere, and among the ones which persuaded me to start a photoblog.

    Thanks Trey!

  • DEE

    Can you imagine how much it would cost to build something like that today?

  • scott

    ARRGHH, I just want to know what this looks like for real….not the ‘computer generated’ version. Could you post these without the effects that give it that fake look?

  • http://Yahoo Bob the builder

    It looks so intimidating on the outside, but the beauty inside is so amazing!! I’m sure it makes you feel very small and insignificant inside and outside.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks – yes it did make me feel small! Scott I do have the originals laying around but I usually don’t post them.

  • Susan

    Way to tell ‘scott’ Trey! These photos are amazing and wonderful – even better than I remembered!

  • scott

    Way to tell me what?

  • Rutledge

    This is sooo frustrating! For some reason, neither of the DUOMO photos will come through, either by RSS, or your site, or on Yahoo. I’ll just have to be patient, I guess.

    Best,

    Rutledge

  • Rutledge

    Ahhh… These DUOMO pictures were SO worth waiting for! Thank you, Trey.

    Rutledge

  • Monika

    WOW, very awesome!!

  • CAROL EDINBYRD

    I HAVE A FEAR OF FLYING SO I WILL NEVER SEE SOMETHINGS WITH MY OWN EYES. THIS IS A WONDERFUL NEXR BEST THING. I FEEL AS IF I AM STANDING IN THE SPACE.

  • Eirin

    Aside from the Vatican, the Duomo in Milano is in fact our favorite church in all of Italy. The roof of the Duomo (by elevator) to see those incredible spires and all of the Duomos out beauty is more than breath taking and unbelievable. Thank you for sharing

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