The Cathedral of Modena

The Cathedral of Modena is one of the most important monuments of Roman culture in Europe, recognized in 1997 by UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with his Ghirlandina Tower and adjacent Piazza Grande

The Cathedral was founded on June 9, 1099 on the initiative of various social classes towns, as an affirmation of civic values, cultural and religious of the nascent Community. Dedicated to S. Maria Assunta, houses the remains of St. Geminianus, bishop and patron of Modena, who died in 397. The Saint’s tomb was moved in 1106 from a previous cathedral. The consecration took place in 1184.

The architect Lanfranco and the sculptor Wiligelmo built the cathedral in a synthesis between ancient culture and the new Lombard art, creating a fundamental model for Romanesque civilization. From the end of the 1100s to the 14th century, the construction site was continued by the Campionesi masters, Lombard sculptors and architects from Campione.