Teodolinda, the queen who founded Monza, is buried inside the church in this stone sarcophagus, in the chamber with the iron crown and with walls pained with stories from her life and telling about the history of the place. Since the frescoes were finished in 1444, and Teodolinda lived in 6th century A.D. they didn't know what kind of clothes people were wearing then, so the church painters pained everything in the 15th century fashion. :)
Autodromo - The Circuit
The place that made Monza famous worldwide. Unfortunately, it's not its history and culture, but the formula 1 races. Once a year the Grand Prix is being held in this circuit, situated in the huge famous Monza park, and if you want to visit the site out of the racing dates, prepare 10 euros per person! A rip off, just to see the circuit!!! Then imagine the ticket price if you want to see the race...
Inside the Duomo there is an iron crown, well kept in the safe box that the person responsible for it opens to the small groups of people visiting. The ticket is 1 euro.
The crown was a gift from pope to Teodolinda because she converted pagans of Lombrady to Christianity. There is an iron circle that by the legend originates from the Christ's crucifix, and on it are attached several golden plates with precious stones. It is believed that the crown brings power and success to the king crowned with it, and thus many were fighting to have it on their head. Some of the great emperors crowned with the iron crown: Napoleon, Carlo the Great, Carlo V.
The crown never left the Duomo of Monza.
The most impressive building in Monza is the Duomo. Apart from its stunning beauty, it is of great historical importance. The legend says that on that John the Baptist addressed queen Teodolinda in her sleep and told her she should build a church in the place that today is called Monza. When she woke up, she came there and a white dove showed her the spot where the church should be built. It was in 6th century A.D. Today's Duomo was built in 14th-15th century on the place of the ruins of the original church, that can still be seen in the glass covered floor of the Duomo.
Monza owes its existance to Teodolinda and the church she built, because the town developed around the church during the time...
Villa Reale - a kind of Versailles...
A royal mansion. close to the spot where King Umberto I was murdered in 1900.
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On the square in front of the Duomo there is a double column with the crucifix on the top. What is peculiar is that the inscription is in Hebrew!!!!???
Pallazo Reale - The Royal Palace
King's residence in Milano was actually the royal palace in Monza. It is a big beautiful mansion at the huuuuuuuge Monza park, and the first thing you bump to when arriving to Monza!
Monument to the Dead
On the large square in monza there is a monument to the dead, a very dynamic and very BIG sculpture!
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