• Religious Tourism
    • Art & Culture

Duomo di Monza

A history of more than 1400 years and a priceless treasure are kept in the basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

Where
Monza
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The Duomo di Monza was originally built as a chapel at the end of the 6th century by Queen Theodelinda, the wife of King of the Lombards Authari and later of Agilulf.

It was situated near to the royal palace, in an area on the outskirts of the small town of Monza, a short distance from the River Lambro.

The basilica had certainly already been constructed in 603, when the abbot Secundus of Non baptised the heir to the Lombard throne Adaloald there. The basilica had links with both Saint John the Baptist (to whom the queen would very probably have prayed for motherhood) and the papacy in Rome – particularly Pope Gregory I.

The queen played a key role in converting the Lombards from Arian Christianity to Catholicism, a complex process which would only be complete a century later, under the reign of King Liutprand. The Church thus played the role of "shrine" for the Lombard Kingdom and Theodelinda was later honoured with the Theodelinda Chapel, also known as the Zavattari Chapel.

The Treasury holds extraordinary testimony of the first few centuries of the cathedral's life, containing as it does many liturgical artefacts and donations made by the queen, who would be buried in the cathedral after her death. The Treasury also contains gold and ivory donated by King Berengar at the start of the 10th century.

The transformation of the cathedral from the old basilica to the current Duomo came between the 13th and 14th centuries, under the rule of the House of Visconti. It is no coincidence that the crucial year was 1300 – the year of the "great pardon" and the first Jubilee as proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII.

The architect, Matteo da Campione, certainly lived up to the Visconti's aspirations to build a great basilica for imperial coronations. According to Germanic traditions, emperors had to accept three crowns: the silver crown in Aachen, the golden crown in Rome and the "Iron" Crown in Monza (or Milan).

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Places

Chapel of teodolinda

In the Cathedral of Monza, a chapel tells the story of Queen Teodolinda.
  • Religious Tourism
Chapel of Teodolinda
45 mt

From the pulpit: Monza’s Arengario

  • Art & Culture
From the pulpit: Monza’s Arengario
114 mt

Design in a Royal Palace

200 pieces that have made the history of design. From Gio Ponti to Bruno Munari, to emerging designers in the Monza Museum of Design
  • Art & Culture
Design in a Royal Palace
1.08 km

Royal gardens of monza

40 hectares for romantic walks, between art and nature. The Monza Royal Gardens also contain a charming rose garden.
  • Active & Green
Royal gardens of monza
1.09 km

Royal Villa of Monza and gardens

  • Art & Culture
Royal Villa of Monza and gardens
1.12 km

Monza Park

  • Active & Green
Monza Park
2.74 km

Golf Club Milano

A prestigious Golf Club Milano with a superb 27-hole course and one of the most beautiful Club Houses in Europe.
  • Golf
Golf Club Milano, Parco Reale di Monza (MB)
3.83 km

Among Art and Design in Lissone

Situated in redeveloped areas of the Lissone-Muggiò railway station, the museum is dedicated to contemporary art and design
  • Art & Culture
Contemporary art Museum, Museums in Monza
4.07 km

Villa Cusani Tittoni Traversi

A dream of a residence for all "romantic" travelers but not only...
  • Art & Culture
Villa Cusani Tittoni Traversi
5.99 km

Molinetto Country Club

A few kilometres from Milan and from Linate airport, a Club in a verdant setting that unites tradition and modernity.
  • Golf
Molinetto Country Club, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI)
7.98 km

Villa Manzoni in Lecco

Summer residence and inspiration source for Manzoni to write The Betrothed. Villa Manzoni now is a house museum.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Manzoni in Lecco
9 km

Arcimboldi Theater

Inaugurated in January 2002, the Teatro degli Arcimboldi seasons are transversal, without foreclosure of genres.
  • Art & Culture
Arcimboldi Theater
9.09 km

Golf Brianza Country Club

Golf Brianza Country Club is located in the south of Lake Como in a charming and wavy natural amphitheater.
  • Golf
Golf Brianza Country Club
9.4 km

Milan Central Station

It is much more than a station. It is a place to experience shopping, the flavors of the world and use the many services available
  • Art & Culture
Milan Central Station
12.31 km

Cascina Rosa Botanical Gardens

From weeds of an abandoned farmhouse, it has blossomed in a short time a well-kept garden, the Orto Botanico di Cascina Rosa
  • Active & Green
Cascina Rosa Botanical Gardens - Milan
12.45 km

Planetarium

To shine in the city of Milan are not only the hight fashion clothes: the celestial stars shine at the Planetarium in Milan
  • Art & Culture
Planetarium, discover the cosmos
13.34 km

Indro Montanelli Gardens

The park with a thousand names, since 2002 has been renamed Indro Montanelli Gardens in memory of the journalist and essayist
  • Active & Green
Indro Montanelli Gardens
13.5 km

Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte

  • Art & Culture
Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte, Milan's Royal Mansion
13.61 km

GAM

It hosts masterpieces from the neoclassical age to Lombard romanticism with Hayez, up to the most famous works of Scapigliatura
  • Art & Culture
GAM, Modern Art Gallery
13.64 km

PAC

The most prestigious space for contemporary art in Milan organizes exhibitions of great national and international artists.
  • Art & Culture
PAC – Pavillion of Contemporary Art
13.65 km

Events

San Giovanni Festival

Centro Storico e Parco di Monza
24/06/2018
  • Art & Culture
San Giovanni Festival
213 mt

Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition

Teatro Manzoni
Via Manzoni, 23, Monza
07/10/2018 - 13/10/2018
  • Art & Culture
Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition
335 mt

‘Christ on the Cross’ by Anton Van Dyck at the Reggia di Monza

Reggia di Monza
Viale Brianza, 1
27/03/2018 - 20/05/2018
  • Art & Culture
‘Christ on the Cross’ by Anton Van Dyck at the Reggia di Monza
1.11 km

Formula 1 Grand Prix and Monza GP

Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Via Vedano 5, Monza
31/08/2018 - 02/09/2018
  • Active & Green
Formula 1 Grand Prix and Monza GP
2.95 km

Taste of Milano

The Mall
Porta Nuova Varesine, Milano
10/05/2018 - 13/05/2018
  • Food & Wine
Taste of Milano
13.22 km

Love, Museums, Inspiration - Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
Via Gesù, 5, Milano
19/01/2018 - 24/06/2018
  • Art & Culture
Love, Museums, Inspiration - Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence
14.15 km

Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Ingresso Piazza della Scala Milano
01/03/2013 - 31/12/2018
  • Art & Culture
Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo
14.61 km

Activities

Royal Villa of Monza tickets

  • Art & Culture
Royal Villa of Monza tickets
1.12 km

Creative sessions in Pirelli HangarBicocca: Every tower tells a story (6-8 years)

  • Art & Culture
Creative sessions in Pirelli HangarBicocca: Every tower tells a story (6-8 years)
8.28 km

Membership card Pirelli HangarBicocca

  • Art & Culture
Membership card Pirelli HangarBicocca
8.28 km

Creative sessions in Pirelli HangarBicocca: Another book (4-6 years)

  • Art & Culture
Creative sessions in Pirelli HangarBicocca: Another book (4-6 years)
8.28 km

Creative sessions in Pirelli HangarBicocca: The eighth tower (4-6 years)

  • Art & Culture
Creative sessions in Pirelli HangarBicocca: The eighth tower (4-6 years)
8.28 km

Florence day trip by train with optional Uffizi Gallery tickets

  • Art & Culture
Florence day trip by train with optional Uffizi Gallery tickets
12.2 km

Rome day trip by train with optional Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tickets

  • Art & Culture
Rome day trip by train with optional Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tickets
12.2 km

Turin express and best of Milan by night one-day combo tour

  • Art & Culture
Turin express and best of Milan by night one-day combo tour
12.38 km

Turin full-day highlights tour from Milan by high-speed train

  • Art & Culture
Turin full-day highlights tour from Milan by high-speed train
12.38 km

Blue Note Milano tickets: Show + Dinner or Drink

Blue Note Milano tickets: Show + Dinner or Drink
12.46 km

Best of Milan photo tour

  • Art & Culture
Best of Milan photo tour
12.97 km

Private 1.5 h Walking Tour: Vertical Forest, 10 Corso Como and Piazza del Duomo

  • Art & Culture
Private 1.5 h Walking Tour: Vertical Forest, 10 Corso Como and Piazza del Duomo
12.97 km

Milan tour piazza Gae Aulenti and Central railway station

  • Art & Culture
Milan tour piazza Gae Aulenti and Central railway station
12.97 km

Tickets to the MIA Photo Fair at The Mall Porta Nuova, March 9-12

  • Art & Culture
Tickets to the MIA Photo Fair at The Mall Porta Nuova, March 9-12
12.98 km

Cinque Terre and Portovenere day trip from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Cinque Terre and Portovenere day trip from Milan
12.99 km

Monumental Cemetery of Milan Tour

  • Art & Culture
Monumental Cemetery of Milan Tour
13.14 km

Milan Porta Nuova and Gae Aulenti tour

  • Art & Culture
Milan Porta Nuova and Gae Aulenti tour
13.2 km

Tour of the new architecture in Milan: skyscrapers, urban developments and design

  • Art & Culture
Tour of the new architecture in Milan: skyscrapers, urban developments and design
13.23 km

Milan Natural History Museum tickets

  • Art & Culture
Milan Natural History Museum tickets
13.57 km

Design and architecture private tour with Villa Necchi Campiglio

  • Art & Culture
Design and architecture private tour with Villa Necchi Campiglio
13.62 km

Where to sleep

NINE HOTEL

Monza
NINE HOTEL
129 mt

ALBERGO FANTELLO

Monza
ALBERGO FANTELLO
135 mt

MONZA CAMPING

Monza
MONZA CAMPING
179 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA SAN PAOLO MONZA

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA SAN PAOLO MONZA
236 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA MONZA CITY ROOMS & STUDIOS

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA MONZA CITY ROOMS & STUDIOS
312 mt

HOTEL KAROL

Monza
HOTEL KAROL
338 mt

ANTICA TRATTORIA DELL'UVA

Monza
ANTICA TRATTORIA DELL'UVA
372 mt

HOTEL ROYAL FALCONE

Monza
HOTEL ROYAL FALCONE
472 mt

B&B S. BIAGIO

Monza
B&B S. BIAGIO
691 mt

B&B CASA LETIZIA

Monza
B&B CASA LETIZIA
819 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA AROSIO

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA AROSIO
828 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA THEA

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA THEA
1.02 km

CAV TRIFOGLIO

Monza
CAV TRIFOGLIO
1.09 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA PENTAFOGLIO

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA PENTAFOGLIO
1.09 km

ANTICA LOCANDA IL GIRASOLE

Monza
ANTICA LOCANDA IL GIRASOLE
1.09 km

OSTELLO SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE

Monza
OSTELLO SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE
1.11 km

CASA PER FERIE RESIDENZA MARIA PAOLA COLOMBO SVEVO

Monza
CASA PER FERIE RESIDENZA MARIA PAOLA COLOMBO SVEVO
1.18 km

RESIDENCE FOGAZZARO

Monza
RESIDENCE FOGAZZARO
1.2 km

CAV OASI DI MONZA - VIA METASTASIO 4

Monza
CAV OASI DI MONZA - VIA METASTASIO 4
1.27 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA OASI DI MONZA VIA BORSA 55

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA OASI DI MONZA VIA BORSA 55
1.34 km