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Monza Cathedral (Duomo di Monza)
Description: According to the legend, the church was commissioned by the Lombard Queen of Italy, Theodelinda. She had made a vow to build a church entitled to St. John, and when riding along the Lambro River, she was halted by a dove who told her Modo, Latin for "here", to which she replied Etiam ("yes") . Monza itself was initially known as Modoetia.
In 595, she had a oraculum (Queen's chapel) built on the Greek Cross plan; of this chapel only the walls exist today. The Queen was buried here, in what is now the central left aisle. On the remains of the oraculum, a new church was erected in the 13th century. The basilica was again rebuilt, starting from 1300, in a Latin Cross plan with octagonal tiburium. In the late century, the side chapels were added and, as designed by Matteo da Campione, the Pisan-Gothic style façade in white and green marble was begun.
Starting from the 16th century, the choir and the ceiling were restored. Subsequently, the walls and the vaults were decorated with frescoes and stuccoes. The bell tower was erected in 1606 while, in the 18th century, a cemetery was annexed on the left side. (
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