Duomo di Modena, Modena

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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  • There is a lot to see both outside and inside. Wonderful the crypt with sarcophagi do San Geminiano and wooden sculpture of the Madonna della pappa, simply explain its meaning.
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  • Modena Cathedral is a wonderful monument and so full of artistic and architectural details that whenever you look at him and you visit are known and some details again, you missed before. The Interior is relatively simple, yet so perfect, so elegant, so majestic even in the empty spaces which always leaves me speechless. It is simply the most beautiful example of a Romanesque church in Italy: it is so nice that alone fills a city!
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  • The dome for me and like so many of Modena is a landmark. Welcoming and if you feel like living in a fairy tale.
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  • This one of the most attractive places in Modena. Unfortunately, at the time of our visit, the Chatedral was under reconstruction, therefore the interior was partially covered. In spite of that, this a must to visit, the entrance is free of charge, but visitors in shorts are not allowed to enter. The tower was even a greater experience. It is located next to the Cathedral, the view is very fascinating from above.
  • A historic place with some great references to the history of the region. The architecture is impressive and the courtyard is massive. The murals are beautiful and the stone columns are beautifully decorated. A good place to spend an evening while enjoying the city's character and culture.
  • Beautiful little old city, good food and interesting added value - visit to Maserati factory
  • Was in state of renovation, but what we could see was very beautiful..
  • The Duomo has a beautiful exterior, one of the most beautiful in Italy (I've seen a few ). Unfortunately for the visitor (fortunately for conservation ), the interior is undergoing massive protective work currently.
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