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Monza (Monza e Brianza): Cathedral of Monza

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Places  of historical value  of artistic value around Milan (Italy): Cathedral of MonzaThe start of the construction of the Cathedral of Monza dats back to the fourteenth century. Its completion required anyway centuries, and this is why the church includes elements of different architectural styles, although in many parts the original decorations have been replaced with other, contemporaneous, in the Baroque period.
The oldest paintings are present in the chapel of Teodolinda, left from the altar looking towards the back of the church. It is not shown on this page and can be visited for a fee.
The decorations of the heads of the transept are tardomanieriste. The decorations of the presbytery and the choir date back to the seventeenth century, while the vault of the nave was instead painted at the end of that century by Stefano Maria Legnani said Legnanino, with areas by Castellino (1693). The ten broad paintings in the nave, with Stories of Teodolinda and of the Iron Crown, were made between the seventeenth and eighteenth century and belong to different painters. But it is especially the eighteenth century to mark the inside of the building, which is a vantage point for the study of the Lombard figurative culture between baroque and rococo.

The bell tower, ca. 79 meters high, stands tall in the skys of Monza and represents a significant landmark in the landscape of Brianza.
Its construction began 23 May 1592. In 1606 the construction was completed, however, the castle with the bells and the coating are dated around 1620. Only 18 September 1628 Cardinal Federico Borromeo blessed the bells in the presence of the archpriest and clergy of Monza Adam Molteno.

In the cathedral hosts the famous Iron Crown which, according to tradition, contains one of the nails used for the crucifixion of Christ. The Church recognizes the nature of relic to the crown, and as such it is preserved in the church and not in the museum.

From the left transept, through the pretty little cemetery cloister of the eighteenth century, it is possible to reach the Serpero Museum, which houses the treasure the cathedral.

The Cathedral of Monza is a sacred building of great beauty and charm. Its interior, in particular, stand out for the endless and fascinating pictorial decorations.
Although it is relatively unknown among tourists, especially foreign ones, it is certainly worth a visit.

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Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Walls covered with frescos in the Cathedral of Monza
Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Interior covered with frescos of the dome of the Cathedral of Monza
Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Frescos on the right wall of the transept of the Duomo of Monza
Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Organ and frescos in the Duomo of Monza
Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Right arm of the transept of the Duomo of Monza
Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Presbitery of the Duomo of Monza
Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Back and bell tower of the Cathedral of Monza
Monza (Monza e Brianza, Italy): Upper part of the  bell tower of the Cathedral of Monza