Piazzale Natale Bruni - Modena - MO - 41121
Timetable:Currently closed for post-earthquake restoration.
Ownership: Municipality of Modena
Erected in memory of the fallen from the First World War, according to a design by the architect/engineer Domenico Barbanti, with the collaboration of Achille Casanova, the Temple is dedicated to Saint Joseph and was created also thanks to the contribution of many Modenese citizens, prompted by religious, civic and patriotic devotion.
The first stone was laid on 8 December 1923 in the presence of King Vittorio Emanuele III and of Archbishop Natale Bruni, the benefactor who conceived the monument. The inauguration took place on 3 November 1929.
A funerary chapel on the right of the entrance is dedicated to Natale Bruni, with a Funerary Portrait by Giuseppe Graziosi (1932). The bronze statue of Saint John the Baptist is also by Graziosi.
In the crypt, sculpted on the pilasters and the walls are the names of the 7,237 citizens of Modena who fell during the First World War.
On the portal, a lunette by the painter Evaristo Cappelli depicts the Resurrection of Christ and the figure of “Patria” who cradles the fallen soldier in her arms.
(Source: "I luoghi sacri dell'arte – itinerari nelle chiese modenesi di proprietà comunale" - Comune di Modena- Artestampa, 1994)
HOW TO GET THERE:
Old city centre, near the railway station.