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. 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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  • Beautiful, calm (in April, during Imola race weekend) church. Worth of spending some time here. Especially if you are a christian. Outside is even more beautiful. 
    Beautiful, calm (in April, during Imola race weekend) church. Worth of spending some time here. Especially if you are a christian. Outside is even more beautiful.  more »
  • Stunning place to visit, the light coming in was gorgeous. We lit a candle for the ones we love and have lost. Definitely worth a visit to see the architecture 
    Stunning place to visit, the light coming in was gorgeous. We lit a candle for the ones we love and have lost. Definitely worth a visit to see the architecture  more »
  • Municipal honeypot. They trick you into driving down a pedestrian zone with cameras and then send you an 88 Euro ticket, six months later, that you can't pay online and have to spend $50 extra to... 
    Municipal honeypot. They trick you into driving down a pedestrian zone with cameras and then send you an 88 Euro ticket, six months later, that you can't pay online and have to spend $50 extra to...  more »
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  • Awesome and charming Building, looking One of best Place over the world. In front of wonderful plaza
  • Beautiful cathedral in the centre of Modena. Beautiful interior and St Geminano's tomb
  • Magical spot. Nicely maintained, the missa in Latin with Gregorian chants on Sunday was one of the most enlightening experiences in my Catholic life. The surrounding Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina tower are truly breathtaking
  • The centre of Modena. Streets surrounding the Duomo are beautiful. It is also the centre for shopping all top rated fashion apparels. It is the main tourist attraction of Modena.
  • Very nice hotel with a great Roberto. Don’t forget to drink his coffee.

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