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Duomo di Modena, Modena
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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. Plan your Duomo di Modena visit and explore what else you can see and do in Modena using our Modena travel itinerary planner.
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  • A beautiful Romanesque-style monument, very well restored and preserved, that deserves a thorough visit, both outside and inside. There are many special features on it: the main façade (with rosette, portal, Lions of ancient origin, bas-reliefs of Wiligelmo. ...), la porta della pescheria (dominated by the Archway with a Breton and cycle with the hips original twelve bas-reliefs depicting the 12 months of the year), the porta regia and the porta dei principi, ample and solemn (albeit in the simplicity of the style) three naves , the crypt with the remains of St Geminianus, etc.
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  • very interesting visit, for architecture, art, history and culture Always take care to avoid visits during religious services.
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  • Definitely worth seeing if you're in the area. Consists of a latch of altars and Crypts. The pulpit above the main altar. No. I'll tell you everything because you have to go.
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  • 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 - just as all of Modena is to be honest, but absolutely stunning. A great place to sit and take everything in. Loved it.
  • Inspiring both inside and out.
  • With the restriction of car traffic the city center is ideal for visiting. Ancestral architecture, great food and of course awesome Gelato!!!
  • Modena is a charming old town.