MODENA CATHEDRAL, UNESCO HERITAGE

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The Cathedral of Modena is one of the main Romanesque monuments in Europe. It was recognized in 1997 as UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the tower Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande.

The history of the Cathedral begins on June 9, 1099 through the initiative of town social class, as an affirmation of cross civic values, cultural and religious areas. The Cathedral houses the remains of St. Geminiano, bishop and patron of Modena who died in 397.

The important architect Lanfranco and the famous sculptor Wiligelmo built a masterpiece: a synthesis of ancient culture and new Lombard art, creating a fundamental model. After the twelfth century, it saw the interventions of lombard sculptors and architects Maestri Campionesi.

 

Opening time

The Cathedral is open every day of the week, from 7.30 to 12.30 and from 15.30 to 19 (only on January 31, the feast of the patron saint: lunch break from 7.00 to 19.30)

 

Hours of Holy Masses

Weekdays: 8, 9, 10 am, 6pm

Holidays: 9, 10 (in Latin and Gregorian chant), 11:15 (parish), 12.15 am, and 6 pm.