Modena, a city in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, is known for its balsamic vinegar and opera heritage. Also, it is a city of sports cars, the Ferrari and Lamborghini precisely. But what stands out in the city and cannot be ignored are the ancient but spectacular Gothic-style religious and royal structures, which UNESCO has declared some World Heritage. This article takes you on a ride through six cultural attractions to explore in Modena.

1. Duomo di Modena, Modena, Italy -

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Duomo di Modena which is a Roman Catholic cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Saint Geminianus. Designated as a World Heritage Site, the Cathedral was consecrated in 1184 after Lanfranco, and no doubt it's an important Romanesque building in Europe, along with its bell tower, the Torre della Ghirlandina. Embellished by Anselmo da Campione and his heirs, called "Campionese-masters'', the current façade exhibits different styles and notable reliefs by Wiligelmus, a contemporary of Lanfranco. Formerly the seat of the Diocese, later Archdiocese, Duomo di Modena has been since 1986, the archepiscopal seat of the Archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola.
 

Address:Corso Duomo, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modena_Cathedral

2. Palazzo Ducale di Modena (Palazzo Ducale), Modena, Italy -

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The residence of the Este Dukes of Modena between 1452 and 1859, the Ducal Palace of Modena is a Baroque palace with a façade from which the Honour Court and the Honour Staircase can be accessed.

It currently houses a portion of the Italian Military Academy, Museum and a library. Although It is said that advice and guidance in the design process of Palazzo Ducale had been sought from Pietro da Cortona, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, Bartolomeo Avanzini is generally credited for the job.

Address:Circoscrizione 1, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducal_Palace_of_Modena

3. Piazza Grande, Modena, Italy -

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Piazza Grande, also declared UNESCO World Heritage, has always been the heart of the town. Indeed a place of great relevance, all the historical events of Modena took place here, including the burial of the Patron Saint Geminiano and today, it is the place where the religious and civil power meet (the Palazzo Comunale) as the Town Hall is situated there. The square was called 'Grande' in the XVII, originating from the XII century. Its shape has changed over the decades. Currently, it is a big space, widened by the adjacent Piazza Torre and by Corso Duomo, making an open space around the Cathedral.

Address:Piazza Grande, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Website: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_Grande_(Modena)

4. Torre della Ghirlandina, Modena, Italy -

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The Torre della Ghirlandina, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Modena which is standing at 86.12 metres, is the traditional symbol of Modena visible from all directions outside the city. The structure, set up in 1179 on five floors, was initially called Torre di San Geminiano. One of its notable features is the sculpted capitals on the fifth floor in the Sala dei Torresani hall. Also, the five bells are tuned in C major, cast during the Renaissance period.

Address:Piazza della Torre, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre_della_Ghirlandina

5. Territorial Abbey of Nonantola (Abbazia di Nonantola), Nonantola, Italy -

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Nonantola Abbey, 10 km north-east of Modena, is dedicated to Saint Sylvester. A former Benedictine monastery and prelature nullius in the commune of Nonantola, the abbey church remains as a basilica (a Romanesque edifice) and is the co-cathedral of the diocese of Modena-Nonantola. Asides important abbey archives and library, the Museo Benedettino Nonantolano e Diocesano di Arte Sacra ("The Benedictine Nonantolan and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art '') is now housed in the premises of the monastery.

 

Address:Piazza Abbazia, 1, 41015 Nonantola MO, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_Abbey_of_Nonantola

6. San Francesco, Modena (Church of St. Francis of Assisi), Matera, Italy -

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A Gothic-style, Roman Catholic church, San Francesco is historic just as it has evolved over time. From 1221, when Francis was still alive, the first monastery & church located in an area prone to flooding were moved to this present site, leading to the birth and construction of San Francesco (as it was dedicated to the recently canonized Francis of Assisi), to 1501; when the bell-tower was damaged by an earthquake, leading to the first reconstruction (after completion) before 1774 when the Ducal authorities reduced the city to five parishes and It was later reconsecrated to a cult in 1829, with refurbishment and restoration in a Gothic style by Gusmano Soli, but a second neo-gothic refurbishment was pursued between 1886-1888 by Carlo Barbieri, making it all a historical journey.

Address:Piazza S. Francesco D'Assisi, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francesco ,_Modena

 


Although most attractions in Modena are religious edifices, they are largely historic and of great significance to the journey, growth and evolution of this city. No doubt, all of these attractions are worth exploring as it is quite an adventure. Take on an opportunity and experience Modena on your next vacation.