the Cathedral

The Cathedral is a symbol of faith and a place of worship for Modena’s Catholic community. In addition, it’s the “home” of St. Geminianus (San Geminiano), the patron saint of the city. The astounding architecture has been called a “Bible in Stone” for its astonishing depictions-in-relief of stories from the Bible and of life on Earth. Built as the bell tower of the Modena Cathedral, the Ghirlandina and its bells have always served both a religious and an important community function.