Via Ramazzini 59, Modena, 41100, Italy
More about Modena
Palazzo dei Musei, Modena, May 2010
Palazzo Comunale, Ceiling, Modena, May 2010
Palazzo Ducale, Hercules Modena May 2010
Modena’s Duomo, Marble Ceiling, May 2010
Looking for Fraulini
I was out at ellisisland.org and saw that my great grandfather Vincentio Fraulini was from Modane Italy and went to the US in 1908. I have searched for that town and now believe that they spelled it wrong on the ship manifest. Given the accent, I believe that it was actually Modena. I would love to make a trip to Italy and meet some of my distant family... doesn anyone know of any good resources to track this type of information down?
Re: Looking for Fraulini
There is in fact a Modane, which is now in France, but close enought to the border that it may have been in the (Italian) Savoy when your great grandfather was born. I'm not so familiar with the history of that region to be certain but it's certainly worth looking into.
Re: Re: Looking for Fraulini
Thanks... looks like I have more research to do
Re: Looking for Fraulini
Maybe this link can help you further?
I have not yet done any search myselfe (cousin does)
Travel Tips for Modena
I arrived at the factory...
I arrived at the factory (which I actually stumbled upon by accident as I drove back to the hotel) at just before 6 PM on a Friday. The guard was good enough to find someone who spoke English to speak with me, and she was nice enough to give me a quick look through the lobby museum (which actually had a sales meeting going on!).
To follow that up, she took me into the factory for a sneak peek at the Guara, a new European model - bee-yoo-tiful!!!
Giardino Ducale Estense
What was once the vast garden of the Palazzo Ducale is now a public park known as il Giardino Ducale Estense. It is a Renaissance-style garden which was created in the 17th century as part of the ducal palace. It remained a private royal garden until 1739, when Duke Francesco III turned it into a public park, then named Giardini Publici. Within the park is a small palace known as la Palazzina Ducale, designed by Gaspare Vigarani in the 16th century and expanded in the 17th century. In the early 20th century, the park was renamed Giardino Ducale Estense.
Yes, details! Doing my...
Yes, details! Doing my homework, I learnt that the Estense family moved here from Ferrara and made their mark, but didn't really explore that on the spot. However, this array of stones caught my attention. I'd like to believe they're prehistoric, but I'm afraid they're not.
la Cattedrale di Modena
Built over the sepulchre of Saint Geminianus, la Cattedrale di Modena (or il Duomo) is one of the world's most impressive Romanesque cathedrals. Over 900 years after its construction, it continues to dominate the city, particularly with its 86 metre bell tower, known as la Ghirlandina. The cathedral was begun in the year 1099, by the architect Lanfranco, and was mostly completed within a century, but its splendid decoration continued for a few more. Its striking white marble exterior is richly decorated with a variety of Mediaeval sculptures and bas-reliefs, many of which were executed by Guglielmo da Modena (also known as Wiligelmo). Anselmo da Campione and i maestri campionesi (Masters of Campione) later continued the embellishment of its interior and exterior. The exterior alone merits very close examination several times during the day as the sun moves in the sky, for each individual decorative item is considered a treasured piece of art by itself. The construction of this masterpiece of Romanesque architecture contributed significantly to the development of church architecture in Europe in the centuries to come, thus it merited an inclusion on the list of World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in 1997 (along with la Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande).
The main attached photo is of a poster I saw in Modena, and it gives an excellent aerial perspective of the Cathedral of Modena. More detail is described in separate tips on this page and the travelogues contain a large collection of photos as well.
la Cattedrale - Chevet
The outline of the triple rounded apses - otherwise known as the chevet - is clearly seen in the rear of the Cathedral of Modena. This side faces il Palazzo Comunale on Piazza Grande and contains a number of interesting architectural features. The triple mullioned windows of the loggia continue around the chevet (and onto the north façade as well), with three small rose windows above each rounded apse. Above the central apse is a triangular pediment flanked by two octagonal turrets, identical to those above the main façade on the other side of the cathedral, and crowned with a statue of the Archangel Gabriel. Along the lower walls are several arched windows framed by Romanesque-style bas-reliefs of birds and plants, and above the central window is a dedicatory plaque inscribed in Latin with the date of the construction of the cathedral and the name of its architect, Lanfranco.
For more detailed photos of the Chevet, go to the travelogue: "la Cattedrale di Modena - Chevet."