The Duomo Museums, situated inside the buffer zone of the Unesco Site in Modena and divided into two collections, complete the visit to the Cathedral enabling the visitor to understand more fully the history and events.
The original collection of the Lapidarium museum includes finds which came to light as the cathedral was being restored between the end of the 19th and 20th century. In the collection there are sculptures and there is relief art work from Roman times which was mainly reused as building material to build the Duomo. There are also fragments from the previous medieval cathedrals, finds from the Roman period, ancient inscriptions, both medieval and modern. Of importance in the exhibition is the noteworthy series of Metope.
The Duomo Museum exhibits an important artistic-liturgical apparatus dating from the Romanesque period to the 19th century; it includes decorative items, sculptures, antique relics, fabrics, paintings and manuscripts.
Amongst the oldest works, belonging to the Cathedral’s Treasure, is the precious San Geminiano altarolo (11th-12th century), the Evangelistario (late 11th – early 12th century) characterized by a fine binding in silver and ivory, the Relatio, a text from the 13th century which reports the news of the building of the Duomo and the Stauroteca with a gold mounting from the 11th century, probably originating from Constantinople.
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