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    Il Duomo

    by Aurorae Written Mar 8, 2004

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    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...

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    iron crown

    by Aurorae Written Mar 8, 2004

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    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.

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    Teodolinda

    by Aurorae Written Mar 8, 2004

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    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. :)

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    Autodromo - The Circuit

    by Aurorae Updated Mar 8, 2004

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    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...

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    Napoleon

    by Aurorae Written Mar 8, 2004

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    Inside the Duomo there is the iron crown already mentioned, that Napoleon used to proclaim himself as the emperor of Italy. he didn't wait for the priest to put the crown on his head, the took it himself and said something like to have the crown always on his head and that everyone who tries to take it away from him would die.
    This board is inside the Duomo.

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    Il Parco di Monza

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 24, 2005

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    The Park of Monza is of enormous proportions, one of the oldest and largest parks in whole Europe. In fact it is celebrating 200 anniversary this year, founded in 1895. During the summer, July and August, it is closed for visitnig it by car, before and after that period you can drive it all over. The best is to rent a bike, but you cannot do it entering through the main entrance, as I did it, since bike-renting is around the northern entrance into the park. The next option is small train, starting every 30 minutes from Porta di Monza at Viale dei Tigli. The price for a train is 1,5 euros, while admission to the park costs 5 euros.
    The Autodrome (circuit) of Monza is probably the most interesting sight of the park and many tourists come here especificly to see it.

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    Duomo - The Cathedral

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    The Cathedral and its square were the centre of religious and political life of Monza. The town rises up around its ancient nucleus "oraculum" of the Queen Teodolinda, who ruled here in the 6th century.
    The huge complex of Duomo dates to the period of Visconti family, medieval rulers of Milano and whole Lombardy. It has a plan of basilica with three naves, side chapels and chorus. The stunning Gothic facade dates to 1300 and is work of great master Matteo da Campione, while the bell tower was added later on (1592-1606).

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    Palazzo Reale

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 24, 2005

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    Palazzo Reale, the Royal Palace, is probably the best known sight of Monza. The large complex was built in order to be the seat of the Royal Family of Savoia, but after in 1900 the King Umberto was killed in Monza by an anarchist, they never come back in this town. The palace and the whole complex, situated in the Park, was donated to the city of Monza.
    The best is to visit it by organized tours.

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    Torre Visconteo

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    Torre Visconteo (the Visconti Tower) is the only remaining medieval gateway into the town. It was a part of the massive town walls built in the period when Visconti family ruled here.
    It is almost hidden and not easy to find, situated outside the medieval structure of the town.

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    Ospedale San Gerardino

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    Ospedale San Gerardino have the reputation as the oldest existing hospital of Northern Italy. It was built in the shape of an convent and since the beginnings, the nurses were exclusevely the nuns. Today it houses the home for the senior people of Monza.

    Ospedale San Gerardino The courtyard
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    Tempio di San Gerardino

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    Tempio di San Gerardino is an small medieval chapel situated in the courtyard of the San Gerardino Hospital. The chapel is, architecturaly, very beautiful and perfectly matches inside the hospital complex. Unfortunately, it was closed by the time of my day-trip visit.

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    Torre Via Lambro

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    It is quite unusual name for the tower, named after the street where it is situated.
    The Tower in Lambro Street, even tall and massive in its construction, cannot be seen from the distance because the new structure of the town absorbed it completely. In fact, you can find it only by chance when strolling around side streets of the Cathedral. It is the only remaining defending tower, a part of the medieval city walls.

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    Santa Maria Maddalena

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    Santa Maria Maddalena, known also as Casa di Bernareggio, is fourtheenth century church built by friars Umiliati. It was completely reconstructed in the very beginning of the 17th century and nothing of the original construction have survived. Adjacent to church is an huge nun's monastery.
    The church is situated in the centre of the town, right next to the church of Santa Maria in Strada.

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    Formula One for Girls

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Jan 30, 2006

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    I'm sure there are hundreds of female members out there who will have a virtual fit at me giving this tip such a girly title, but I'm a girly girl and F1 wouldn't normally be my "thing".

    However, a friend longed to go and, after much persuasion and a little bribery ("Monza is sooo close to the fashion capital of Milan" etc etc) I tripped off to Monza for three days of F1.

    Theretofore, F1 for me was represented by Scalextrix sets and annoying Sunday afternoons watching my boyfriend watching those little cars go round and round and....

    The reality is quite different! Oh the absolute thrill of it all. You get a bus or coach to somewhere supposedly close to the stadium, then walk for miles in high spirited crowds, and take your seat to watch the cars go round and round. Yes, that's exactly what they do - it's just as you see it on the TV, but in reality the roar of the engines, the occasional crash and burst of smoke right in front of you, the excitement as you cheer on your little team (whichever car you have decided to champion for the weekend), celeb spotting, the roars of the Vodafone crowd - it's magical and breathtaking and thrilling.

    Hey, this is from me - a total novice!

    In addition to this there's the incredible cameraderie that springs up between the individual groups of international fans. As you wait each morning at Milan Centro for your connecting train to Monza, you will be approached by some little group asking if you're Irish (or whatever) too and striking up an instant conversation and a bond that lasts the train ride, or the day, or maybe even into a drink or a meal that evening when the track is cooling and the excitement is calmed for another day.

    On the last day as I sat on a bus taking me from the Stadium to the train station, I was convinced I saw Michael Schumaker all in black leather dismounting a motorcycle and entering a little neighbouring shop. My friend told me it was my imagination, but later an avid fan told me Schumie does that sometimes. It was the icing on the cake for me :-)

    My friend with some hunky Italians Ferrari Female
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    San Pietro Martire

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 11, 2011

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    The church of San Pietro Martire was built in 1369 but then subsequently restaurated, its present look dates from the early 19th century. At first it used to be the seat of the inquisition but then belonged to the Dominican order who added a concent in adjacent to the church. The bell tower was added in 1817. In its interiors it is three naves separated by the adorned columns. The church preserve valuable frescoes of Lombard school, dating from early 14th century.
    In front of the main entrance stands the monument dedicated to the painter Moses Bianchi.

    San Pietro Martire San Pietro Martire San Pietro Martire statue of Moses Bianchi
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