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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  • This Cathedral is special, for his jube sculpted, and its crypt to many columns.
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  • Place of worship. Struck me above all the raised presbytery and crypt. I would have liked to follow a mass for a better understanding of the functioning of the Church. I think it's an easily appreciable even by people who don't know many elements of Christian art. Very friendly and helpful even the "custodian" present in the Cathedral.
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  • Day of August, deserted city thankfully at least the Cathedral was open ... well worth a visit! Beautiful crypt
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  • A lesser Duomo than other places in Italy but with lovely outside friezes.
  • Centuries old cathedral. Recently renovated. True masterpieces inside. Well worth a visit.
  • Grand duomo in the heat of the city. has a large tower that stands next to it, which gives an overview of the city. interior is ornate and grand.
  • I think the Duomo has a little tilt. Adds a little thrill.
  • Amazing medieval architecture. Just spectacular.

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Where to stay in Modena

The center of town has a selection of grand old hotels, as well as some budget-friendly guesthouses dotted along side streets. To the west of town, a number of caravan and camping sites provide facilities for those crossing the country in their own accommodations.
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