Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationCity and Province of Modena, Emilia-Romagna Region
CoordinatesN44 38 46.464 E10 55 32.448
Inscription Date1997
Property (ha)1.2
Buffer Zone (ha)1.1
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number827
DescriptionThe 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.
StatusWorld Heritage Site