Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (1997)
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The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and soaring tower, it testifies to the faith of its builders and the power of the Canossa dynasty who commissioned it.

Italy 1987. Rocca di Vignola, Modena. Italy 1985. Piazza Grande, Modena. Italy 2002. The emblem of the Duchy of Modena.

Modena (ancient Mutina) is a city in northern Italy, capital of Modena Province, in Emilia-Romagna Region. 

The city is an agricultural and industrial center, with factories producing machinery, steel, motor vehicles, and processed foods. 

Modena has a university (1175), an academy of sciences and arts, an observatory, a botanic garden, and military schools. It is the seat of an archbishop. 

  • Italy 1999. Modena Military Adademy. 

Italy 1999. Modena Military Academy.

Italy 1997. San Germiniano and the Cathedral of Modena.

The Cathedral of Saint Germinianus, a Romanesque building begun in 1099, has a fine facade; its campanile is one of the great towers of Italy. 

Founded as an Etruscan town, Modena became a Roman colony in the 2nd century BC. From 1288 until 1452, when it became the capital of a duchy, Modena was ruled by the Este family. In 1861 it became part of the kingdom of Italy. 

  • Italy 1997. San Germiniano and the Cathedral of Modena. 

A world famous native of Modena is the Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, who is notably famous in the public for his participation in the trio "The Three Tenors" (of which the other two were Placido Domingo and José Carreras). 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Italy (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Italy for further information about such sites. 

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