Modena

  • A city of art and culture, Modena is also much revered for its enogastronomic specialities, which include balsamic vinegar and Lambrusco, and is known throughout the world for its Ferraris. The Piazza Grande, with its cathedral and the bell-tower as its peak, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral ('Duomo') itself is a wonderful example of Roman architecture in Italy and was designed ...
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  • Modena Cathedral, a Roman masterpiece, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a plaque on the main apse states that the church was founded on the 23rd May 1099.
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  • One of the lions that adorns the doors of the Cathedral's façade.
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  • The Cathedral's interior is divided into three naves and contains numerous works of art. The photo shows the richly decorated central apse.
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  • The cloister of the Delfini Library in Modena
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  • The ham sold in Modena is a refined product that comes from the region's own farms: the variety with melon is very popular, as well as the very tasty ham with figs.
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  • The traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is a product traditionally used in the local cuisine, with its production already mentioned in a document dating back to 1046.
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Amy Adejokun
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A city of art and culture, Modena is also much revered for its enogastronomic specialities, which include balsamic vinegar and Lambrusco, and is known throughout the world for its Ferraris. The Piazza Grande, with its cathedral and the bell-tower as its peak, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral ('Duomo') itself is a wonderful example of Roman architecture in Italy and was designed by Lanfranco, whilst the decorative elements of the façade, embellished with bas-reliefs and statues of prophets and mythical creatures, is the work of Wiligelmo, one of the best-loved sculptors of his day. The white marble of the church is reflected in the nearby campanile (the 'Ghirlandaia'), a tower dating back to the 14th Century, so-called because of the balconies covering the spires of the bell-tower and its rather garland-like in appearance.

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