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Modena is located in the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy. As one of the most important cities in the region, Modena plays the role of the capital of the Province with the same name. The city of Modena has been nicknamed "the capital of engines", due to the fact that numerous famous producers, such as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Pagani and De Tomaso, are located here. The population in Modena reaches approximately 183,070 inhabitants.
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The Ducal Palace of Modena is a landmark of the city. The large Baroque construction was the seat of the Este Dukes of the city in the period 1452-1859. Today, the palace is the home of a portion of the Italian Military Academy, the Military Museum and a library. A visit here can be based on the collections of the museum, on the one of the library, but also on admiring the palace in general. Military ceremonies also take place in the Honor Court here.
The Cathedral of Modena is a religious monument of great importance for the city and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The construction was started in 1099, under the direction of the Countess Matilda of Tuscany. It was finished in 1184. The intricate facade and the beautiful interior of the cathedral are some of the main reasons why this is a location worth visiting.
The Museum Palace located in Modena was initially built as a hostel for the poor, in a civil style architecture. Today, it includes some of the most important museums and galleries of the city, such as: the Estense Library, the Estense Gallery, the Este Headstones Museum, the Municipal Museum of Risorgimento, the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, the Archaeological and Ethnological Museum and the Graziosi Chalks Gallery.
Orto Botanico di Modena is a lavish outdoor natural space, filled with some of the most beautiful exemplars of local and of exotic species of plants. It is operated by the city's University and Reggio Emilia, but was opened in 1758 by Duke Francesco III d'Este, in order to grow medical plants.