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Emilia–Romagna Sights


  • Piazza Grande Map It
  • Modena
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 03/27/2015

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The 12th-century Romanesque cathedral was begun by the architect Lanfredo in 1099 and consecrated in 1184. Medieval sculptures depicting scenes from Genesis adorn the facade, but walk around to the Piazza Grande side as well to see the building's marvelous arcading. It's a rare example of a cathedral having more than one principal view. The interior, completely clad in brick, imparts a sober and beautiful feel. An elaborate gallery has scenes of the Passion of Christ carved by Anselmo da Campione and his assistants circa 1160–80. The tomb of San Geminiano is in the crypt. The white-marble bell tower is known as La Torre Ghirlandina (the Little Garland Tower) because of its distinctive weather vane.

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Piazza Grande, Modena, Emilia-Romagna, 41100, Italy

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  • Daily 6:30–12:30 and 3:30–7

Updated 03/27/2015


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