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Culture of Modena. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The best destination to start the exploration of the landmarks of Modena is the Palazzo dei Musei. The museum tells it visitors about the most significant events of the city history. The museum is placed in a majestic ancient building which was built in the 18th century and served as an armory. The main showpieces of the museums are considered to be historical records. Some of them were issued as far back as 14th century. Another remarkable tourist destination of the city is the San Cataldo cemetery. The place is of great interest for architectural art connoisseurs.
Despite the solemn and grave character of the landmark, the cemetery is daily visited by hundreds of curious travelers wishing to observe magnificent statuary groups and tomb-chests with their own eyes. A remarkable sight of the Middle Ages period is the main city square which is an established place of holding various fests and public events at present.
The square has preserved the pole of shame as well as several stone blocks which were moved to the city center a few centuries ago. The main furnish of the city square is a majestic statue called la Bonissima. According to one of the theories the statue is commemorated to the goddess of harvest. The statue of a beautiful woman with a fruit in her hands has become one of the main symbols of the city. Among other architectural landmarks of this tourist destination the Ducal Palaca or Palacco Ducale is best worth noticing. Copyright
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The construction of the palace was started in the 17th century. Since that time the large building has constantly been changing its appearances and looks and has been added with new structures. At present the impressive palace hosts the Italian Military Academy. The main religious landmark of the city is the Cathedral of Modena named Duomo. The building stuns with its size, impressive architectural style and rich decoration of the interior.
The frontage of the Cathedral is painted in dazzling white, the walls of the Cathedral interior are coated with ingeniously carved marble. In front of the Cathedral one will find a majestic square which is an established place for holding carnivals and other entertaining events. The same attractive religious object is the San Giuseppe Cathedral. It was built in the 11th century and is still perfectly preserved. The frontage of the building has survived through scale renovation for several times meanwhile its interior still remains unchanged since the moment of the Cathedral establishment. The Cathedral keeps numerous significant religious artifacts aged hundreds of years.
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You should complete your route with a trip to the Forum Boarium (Foro Boario) that is located near a perfect place for walks, Parco Archeologico Novi Ark. It is named after the Serbian city Novi Sad, a sister city of Modena. At the top of the construction, there is a clock. On the sides, you can see monuments representing weapons and art. From the side of the park, the Forum is decorated with bulls’ heads. At one time, there was a market under its vault. Then, the building served as barracks. You should also visit the Manifattura dei Tabacchi. It is a contemporary art gallery.
Dome Modena is famous for one of the oldest pharmacies. The Antica Farmacia Ospedali Riuniti (già Sant Agostino) has been reconstructed with an original exterior and interior. Here, you can find interesting ancient scripts and medicine and spice descriptions. The building was built in the 18th century. Then, you should visit the Acetaia Villa San Donnino. The farm is famous even beyond the balsamic vinegar company in Modena. Here, you can learn everything about the production process and buy amazing balsamic vinegar at the exit.
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Tourists that want to admire religious attractions will be impressed by Modena because there are several wonderful shrines. One of the most impressive churches is Chiesa di Sant'Agostino. It was built in 1338 and gained its present appearance in 1670 when it was reconstructed. It impresses travelers with its luxurious interior, beautiful altar, moldings on the ceiling, and pieces of art. The most precious relic here is the crucifix by Antonio Begarelli. Besides Christian churches and temples in Modena, there is also a synagogue (Comunità Ebraica) with a beautiful facade and a spacious Orthodox church (Chiesa Ortodossa Tutti i Santi).
Modena In Modena, many outstanding people were born. Some of them are Luciano Pavarotti and Enzo Ferrari. You can see monuments to them here. The sculpture of the opera singer is located on the Via Carlo Goldoni. The monument to the racing car constructor is on the Via Emilia Ovest. Besides, the houses where they were born and lived were turned into museums. To learn more about the city, you should also visit the Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti and the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari. Their original exterior and interior have been preserved. Also, some murals are dedicated to the famous opera singer. You can see the Murale a Luciano Pavarotti along Viale Mazzoni.
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Such car museums, as Stanguellini and Collezione Umberto Panini are also worth being mentioned. Here, you can see unique collections of Italian racing cars. It should be noted that you can visit the first museum only by appointment. If you want to learn about the history of the city, visit the Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico. Here, you can see the rich collection of artifacts of various periods, from the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The Museo del Presepe is also worth being mentioned. It houses the interesting collection of Italian Christmas presepes, i.e. the pictures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.
Modena The Museo di Zoologia ed Anatomia Comparata gives a unique opportunity to learn about flora and fauna of different regions. In the museum, you can also see stuffed animals (insects, birds, reptiles). The Museo di Anatomia is an excellent place for acquainting with the history of medicine and surgery in particular. By the way, too squeamish people are not recommended to come here. Also, you should visit several theatres of the city (Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Teatro Storchi) to have a good time and enjoy theatrical performances. Near the Teatro Storchi, there is Fontana Dei Due Fiumi. Here, you can see a beautiful fountain that is the main symbol of the square.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Modena
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace' Modena, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Re Enzo' Bologna, 37.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace' Parma, 50.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace of Colorno' Colorno, 53.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo del Te' Mantua, 56.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo dei Diamanti' Ferrara, 59.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Modena and around
♥   Art museum 'Galleria Estense' Modena, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Modena
♥   Basilica Abbaziale di San Silvestro I Papa, Nonantola, 10.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di Beata Vergine del Castello, Fiorano Modenese, 14.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Carpi, 15.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di Beata Vergine Assunta, Reggio Emilia, 24.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Biagio, Cento, 30.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Beata Vergine di S. Luca, Bologna, 35.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Francesco, Bologna, 36.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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