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  • 1 Biblioteca Estense Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Palazzo dei Musei 337 I - 41100 Modena

    With 600 000 volumes and 15 000 manuscripts, this is one of the richest libraries in Italy put together by the Este family. The highlight of the visit is undoubtedly the Bible of Borso d'Este, with 1 020 pages illuminated by 15C Ferrara artists, amon..

  • 2 Galleria Estense Interesting

    Museums and art

    Largo Porta S. Agostino 337 I - 41100 Modena

    The gallery Essenes and library are part of the Palace of Museums (18C) which is also home to the Museo Lapidario Estense, Museo Lapidario Romano and Musei Civici di Modena. The gallery opens with a bust of Francesco I of Este, a masterpiece by Berni..

  • 3 Ducal palace of Modena Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Roma I - 41100 Modena

    This noble and majestic palace was begun in 1634 under Francesco I of Este and today houses the Infantry and Cavalry schools.

  • 4 Modena Duomo

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Grande I - 41100 Modena

    Begun in 1099, this cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanesque art and the work of Lombard architect Lanfranco, the Maestri Campionesi and sculptor Wiligelmo. As well as remarkable external sculpted decoration and an attractive bell tower nicknamed the..

  • 5 Modena Cathedral Museum

    Museums and art

    Via Lanfranco 6 I - 41100 Modena

    This museum houses the famous 12C metopes. These bas-reliefs which used to top the flying buttresses of the building portray wandering players and symbols which are completely incomprehensible today. They are a model of near classical balance.

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