Duomo : Michelin's recommendations
This cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of the town, St Geminian, is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy. It is the work of the Lombard architect Lanfranco who used his knowledge of rhythm and proportions before the Campionesi Maestri put the finishing touches. The sculpted decoration is a mainly by Wiligelmo, a Lombard sculptor from the 12C. Topped by the Angel of Death carrying a fleur-de-lis, the façade has a magnificent central portal decorated by a porch with two lions by Wiligelmo whose signature appears on a stone to the left of the door, along with the foundation date of the building (1099). You will notice in particular the south side (the one that looks over the square), balanced by the Princes' door, the Royal Door, and a 16C pulpit decorated with symbols of the evangelists. Gothic arcades, linking the cathedral to the powerful white marble campanile nicknamed the Ghirlandina by virtue of the garland of small columns which surround the octagonal part, give access to the opposite side where the fish market door opens, decorated with epic scenes. Made entirely of brick, the interior brings together the élan of Gothic churches and the luminous serenity of Romanesque art. You will notice not only the alternating pillars and columns which support a matroneum, but also the seat known as the executioner's seat, the stalls in the presbytery and, most particularly, the extraordinary Romanesque rood screen, supported by Lombardy Lions and telemones, created from 1170 to 1220 by the Campionesi Masters. In the crypt, a Holy Family in terracotta by Guido Mazzoni and, in the lower right side, a 16C terracotta crib, a true little gem, complete the enchantment.
- Address : Piazza Grande I - 41100 Modena41100Modena
- Prices : free of charge
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