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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

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

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Contemporary art Museum, Museums in Monza
4.07 km

Villa Cusani Tittoni Traversi

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Villa Cusani Tittoni Traversi
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Molinetto Country Club

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Molinetto Country Club, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI)
7.98 km

Villa Alari Visconti

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Villa Alari Visconti
8.03 km

Villa Manzoni in Lecco

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Villa Manzoni in Lecco
8.99 km

Arcimboldi Theater

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Arcimboldi Theater
9.09 km

Golf Brianza Country Club

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Milan Central Station
12.31 km

Cascina Rosa Botanical Gardens

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Indro Montanelli Gardens

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Indro Montanelli Gardens
13.5 km

Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte

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Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte, Milan's Royal Mansion
13.61 km

GAM

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GAM, Modern Art Gallery
13.64 km

PAC

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PAC – Pavillion of Contemporary Art
13.65 km

Events

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Biennale Giovani Monza 2019

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12.42 km

Guided tour of Villa Mapelli Mozzi

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13.66 km

Advent and Christmas magic in Villa Arconati-Far

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Virtual Museum of Leonardo’s Milan

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La cena di Leonardo per Francesco I
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Activities

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  • Active & Green
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  • Active & Green
Longboard advanced course
225 mt

Ferrari driving experience in Milan

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Cripta | escape room | Clues Hunt Milano

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8.28 km

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Where to sleep

NINE HOTEL

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NINE HOTEL
129 mt

ALBERGO FANTELLO

Monza
ALBERGO FANTELLO
135 mt

CAV PIAZZA TRENTO 11

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CAV PIAZZA TRENTO 11
160 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA SAN PAOLO MONZA

Monza
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HOTEL KAROL

Monza
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ANTICA TRATTORIA DELL'UVA

Monza
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LOCANDA DELL'UVA

Monza
LOCANDA DELL'UVA
381 mt

HOTEL ROYAL FALCONE

Monza
HOTEL ROYAL FALCONE
472 mt

CAV RESIDENZA LAMBRETTO

Monza
CAV RESIDENZA LAMBRETTO
477 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA ABBATTISTA ANTONIO

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA ABBATTISTA ANTONIO
485 mt

CAV CAIROLI APARTMENT

Monza
CAV CAIROLI APARTMENT
684 mt

CAV DEANNA

Monza
CAV DEANNA
686 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

CAV VIA MARSALA

Monza
CAV VIA MARSALA
856 mt

CAV ROTAPARTMENT

Monza
CAV ROTAPARTMENT
1 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA THEA

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA THEA
1.02 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA ELIANTO

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA ELIANTO
1.09 km

LOCANDA LUX

Monza
LOCANDA LUX
1.09 km