A white marble cathedral, Duomo di Modena is one of the best-preserved Romanesque structures. It dates back to the 11th century, when it was built to house the crypt of Saint Geminianus, Modena's patron saint. You'll first notice the cathedral's immense rose window overlooking the cobblestoned square. Outside, look for the bas-reliefs by Anselmo de Campione and Wiligelmus, and the ancient Roman lions guarding the entrance. Inside, you can tour the three expansive knaves as well as the 1,000-year-old crypt that houses St. Geminianus' sarcophagus. The cathedral also features a marble parapet by de Campione, a wood crucifix from the 14th century, and two nativity scenes by noted Modenese artists Antionio Begarelli and Guido Mazzoni. Be sure to stop by the Porta della Peschera, the cathedral's north entrance, which is detailed with high-relief carvings of Arthurian legend scenes. This archway is thought to be the earliest monumental sculpture featuring the legend. Our Modena road trip planner makes visiting Duomo di Modena and other Modena attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This Cathedral is special, for his jube sculpted, and its crypt to many columns.
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  • Place of worship. Struck me above all the raised presbytery and crypt. I would have liked to follow a mass for a better understanding of the functioning of the Church. I think it's an easily appreciable even by people who don't know many elements of Christian art. Very friendly and helpful even the "custodian" present in the Cathedral.
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  • Day of August, deserted city thankfully at least the Cathedral was open ... well worth a visit! Beautiful crypt
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  • Not to miss. Beautiful, impressive with hundreds of imaginative little details and decorations to explore.
  • A remarkable cathedral. After being renovated and cleaned in 2012, the exterior is a wonder to look at and reflects the light like a mirror. The inside is also majestic and imposing. If religion isn't your cup of tea, you might please yourself with a free concert instead on select days.
  • Beautiful Romanesque Roman Catholic cathedral from the 12th century dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Saint Geminianus, patron of the city of Modena. World Heritage Site, it includes the bell tower known as Ghirlandina that recently underwent a restoration spanning almost 4 years, which brought its characteristic white color back.
  • This is a less well known Italian Catholic relic out of UNESCO's heritage site book. Aesthetically, it does feel more 'Roamn' than 'Gothic'.
  • A perfect example of Italian Roman style

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