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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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  • The Cathedral of Modena is the example par excellence of the Italian Romanesque, a real masterpiece whose construction began in 1099. From Modena I could get a treatise on this Cathedral but wants to focus only on some interesting aspects: the truly wonderful and scenographic façade does not give on Piazza Grande, but on the course the Duomo, making the vision of the main entrance even more surprising; advice to carefully observe the doors around the duomo (Porta dei Principi, Porta Regia and Porta della Pescheria) and all the reliefs by Wiligelmo that tell the Bible on the façade. Finally the Council of enjoying the peace of the Interior, as well as the majestic simplicity of the aisles, remains of any girigoro.
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  • Always great ... then with grandchildren has a particular taste ... see them light a candle and ... threaten to torch the duomo is priceless!
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  • On the facade there are reliefs produced by perhaps the first artist who signed his work on European history after the end of the Roman Empire: Willigelmo, who carved scenes of the New Testament in which the death of Abel resembles a cartoon scene, by the movement. It's a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture, period of the middle ages in which the Catholic Church started its expansion and formed regional languages-including our Portuguese. The interior has been modified over the centuries, but retained its beauty, wooden panels in the presbytery, in terracotta Nativity scene, in the decoration of the main apse, in the marble floor, sa relics of San Gemininiano, and so on. Stop to admire every detail-and each of them deserve this-will make this visit takes more than you think.
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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.