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Modena: The Cathedral and the Ghirlandina

Jul 1, 2014 4:18:33 PM Posted By admin admins

What to see in Modena? Surely the Cathedral which along with its Ghirlandina tower and Piazza Grande has been recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Its foundation dates back to June 9, 1099 and was the work of the same citizens of Modena. The cathedral had in fact symbolize the historical and civic value of the community. The church is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and the Bishop of San Geminiano, whose remains are preserved inside.

The cathedral combines Gothic and Lombard art. It was designed by Lanfranco and Wiligelmo architects, becoming a true stylistic model for the Roman civilization.

Next to the Cathedral, stands the famous tower Ghirlandina, become over the centuries the symbol of Modena. Its name is due to the balustrades which decorate the spiers, which thanks to their architectural harmony, were described as "light as garlands."

Besides the decorative function, the Ghirlandina has always played the Civic. Ever since it was built, the bells were designed to mark the most important moments of community life, such as the opening of the walls and the Call in imminent danger. Inside it was covered chests and all public acts.

From its peak, the city view is truly breathtaking. The exterior of the tower is made from a precious stone, marble, although much of the coating was restored a few years ago.

Climbing the different levels, you can see the frames and railings, made with inlaid cabinets. In particular, in the first three frames, you can admire the prized corner blocks, representing mythological figures of the Middle Ages, animal and human.

Before you look out and get lost in the landscape, it is good to visit the fifth floor, where is located the Room of Torresiani, once the home of the caretakers of the Ghirlandina dotted with rare beauty capitals, including the Judges, to David and the Capital of the Lions.

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