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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. The high point is undoubtedly the Bible of Borso d'Este, with 1 020 pages illuminated by Ferrara artists in the 15C among whom was Tadeo Crivelli.

  • 2 Galleria Estense Interesting

    Museums and art

    Largo Porta S. Agostino 337 I - 41100 Modena

    The gallery opens with a bust of Francesco I of Este, a masterpiece by Bernini. It has paintings from the 15C Modena school which was much influenced by the Ferrarese school represented here by Cosmè Tura. Venetian and Bologna masters linked to the &..

  • 3 Palazzo Ducal 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 Duomo

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Grande I - 41100 Modena

    Begun in 1099, this cathedral is one of the masterpieces of Italian Romanesque art. It is by the Lombard architect Lanfranco, the Maestri Campionesi (Campionesi Masters) and the sculptor Wiligelmo. As well as remarkable external sculpted decoration a..

  • 5 Museo del Duomo (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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