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Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena

Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena: The Piazza Grande is the central square in the City of Modena and the location of two important buildings, the cathedral and Torre Civica. Modena Cathedral is a masterpiece of the Italian architect Lanfranco and sculptor Wiligelmo. The Modena Cathedral is the only known work of Lanfranco. The construction of the Modena Cathedral started in 1099 under the direction of Lanfranco. Wiligelmo decorated the cathedral under construction in the period 1099-1106. Some parts of Modena Cathedral were decorated by the Campionese Masters from Lombardy. The cathedral was consecrated in 1184. On the north side of the Modena Cathedral rises the 88.32 meter high Torre della Ghirlandina, the bell tower of the cathedral. The Torre della Ghirlandina is the symbol of Modena, being visible from all directions outside Modena. The Torre Civica is the Clock Tower of the Town Hall of Modena. Modena is located  in northern Italy, about 108 km from the City of Verona and about 90 km from Ferrara, the Renaissance city. The Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

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Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Modena Cathedral and the Torre della Ghirlandina, located in the Piazza Grande, the central square in the City of Modena, the location of two...

Modena Cathedral and the Torre della Ghirlandina, located in the Piazza Grande, the central square in the City of Modena, the location of two important buildings, the Modena Cathedral and the Torre Civica. The Modena Cathedral is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena.

  1. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Modena Cathedral and the Torre della Ghirlandina, located in the Piazza Grande, the central square in the City of Modena, the location of two...

    Modena Cathedral and the Torre della Ghirlandina, located in the Piazza Grande, the central square in the City of Modena, the location of two important buildings, the Modena Cathedral and the Torre Civica. The Modena Cathedral is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena.

  2. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena: The Modena Cathedral and the Torre della Ghirlandina seen from the Piazza Grande. The Torre...

    Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena: The Modena Cathedral and the Torre della Ghirlandina seen from the Piazza Grande. The Torre della Ghirlandina was built in the period 1224-1319, it is the bell tower of Modena Cathedral. The tower is clearly visible from all directions outside Modena and is a symbol of the city.

  3. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena: The apse of Modena Cathedral. Modena Cathedral is the only known work of the architect...

    Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena: The apse of Modena Cathedral. Modena Cathedral is the only known work of the architect Lanfranco. The main portal and most of the sculptures on the façade and inside Modena Cathedral were sculpted by the sculptor Wiligelmo, he was the first sculptor in Italy who started to sign his work.

  4. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Modena Cathedral: A lion statue support a column of the Porta Regia, the Royal Gate. The Royal Gate was decorated by Anselmo da Campione and his...

    Modena Cathedral: A lion statue support a column of the Porta Regia, the Royal Gate. The Royal Gate was decorated by Anselmo da Campione and his heirs, known as the Campionese Masters. From the late 12th century until the 14th century, they worked on the cathedral and the Torre della Ghirlandina.

  5. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena: The Royal Gate of Modena Cathedral. The gate is decorated with sculptures by the Campionese...

    Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena: The Royal Gate of Modena Cathedral. The gate is decorated with sculptures by the Campionese Masters. After the completion of the cathedral by architect Lanfranco and the sculptor Wiligelmo, the Modena Cathedral was embellished by the Campionese Masters, a group of notable sculptors from Lombardy.

  6. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Modena Cathedral: The Royal Gate was sculpted by the Campionese Masters, the rope decoration is typical of Romanesque architecture. The gate...

    Modena Cathedral: The Royal Gate was sculpted by the Campionese Masters, the rope decoration is typical of Romanesque architecture. The gate is facing the Piazza Grande, just like the Princes' Gate. The Princes' Gate is dedorated with a relief depicting scenes from the life of Geminianus, the patron saint of Modena, his relics are housed in the crypt.

  7. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena: The Royal Gate of Modena Cathedral. The columns of the Royal Gate are supported by sculpted...

    Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena: The Royal Gate of Modena Cathedral. The columns of the Royal Gate are supported by sculpted pink marble lions. After the death of Lanfranco and Wiligelmo, the Campionese Masters completed the work on the cathedral, they decorated the Royal Gate and also large parts of the interior.

  8. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena: The Porta dei Maggiori is the principal portal of Modena Cathedral. The...

    Cathedral, Torre Civica and the Piazza Grande, Modena: The Porta dei Maggiori is the principal portal of Modena Cathedral. The portal was decorated by Wiligelmo, the sculptures on the door jambs and lintels depict lions, dragons, centaurs, prophets and patriarchs. On either side of the portal are reliefs, representing scenes from Genesis.

  9. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - Modena Cathedral was built under direction of Lanfranco in the period 1099-1184. Wiligelmo decorated the cathedral under construction in the...

    Modena Cathedral was built under direction of Lanfranco in the period 1099-1184. Wiligelmo decorated the cathedral under construction in the period 1099-1106, the façade is decorated with four panels, representing scenes from Genesis. Modena Cathedral is good example of the relationship between architecture and sculpture.

  10. Cathedral,Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena - The 15th century Torre Civica, the clock tower of the Town Hall of Modena, is situated on the main square of Modena, Piazza Grande. The...

    The 15th century Torre Civica, the clock tower of the Town Hall of Modena, is situated on the main square of Modena, Piazza Grande. The square is surrounded by some of the most important buildings of Modena, such as Modena Cathedral and Torre Civica. The Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande in Modena became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.