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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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  • Architectural masterpiece shines in downtown is a single glance when it sees them from the outside on the piazza grande. unesco is unique. beautiful inside and especially the crypt. is immaculately maintained really worth a visit.
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  • The whole story contained in this magnificent cathedral. For anything Grand, indeed, takes you on a pleasant and mystical journey through time.
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  • Impressive work, rich in history and bright colours. The presence of the relics of St. Geminiano and inspire silence for prayer and meditation.
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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.