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Duomo di Modena, Modena

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#1 of 135 in Historic Sites in Province of Modena
Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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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  • We have explored this awesome cathedral a few times and it is always a great experience. It takes at least an hour to see most of the interesting sights. No charge makes it even better. 
    We have explored this awesome cathedral a few times and it is always a great experience. It takes at least an hour to see most of the interesting sights. No charge makes it even better.  more »
  • Wonderful cathedral, beautifully maintained. Much plainer inside than, say, the Duomo at Parma, but immensely atmospheric. The Piazza Grande is also amazing, as is the bell tower, and both are well... 
    Wonderful cathedral, beautifully maintained. Much plainer inside than, say, the Duomo at Parma, but immensely atmospheric. The Piazza Grande is also amazing, as is the bell tower, and both are well...  more »
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  • Beautiful church in the heart of Modena. It's for free and it looks stunning. It's a Gothic architecture and it's unique. I recommend it to everyone visiting Modena!
  • Such a Big church. The Inside is really nice. It has upper and lower floors. The details are amazing. One of the must-do in Modena.

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