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  Duomo of San Leo, June 2010
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Firmly anchored to the rock that supports it (see photo #5), the Cathedral of San Leo stands on a ridge, in a place that has been consecrated to the divine since prehistoric times.

One of the best examples of medieval architecture preserved in the Montefeltro area, it is one of the most unique examples of the Romanesque-Lombard style. In 1173 it was built on the remains of a cathedral from the eighth century, when Montefeltro became the site of a new diocese.

The inside walls are built from gray-iron sandstone and outside ones are ocher sandstone. The entry door is not at the front of the church but opens on one side (see photo #3). Above the arched doorway are carved busts of San Leo and San Valentino, saved from the eighth century church. The bust of St. Leo is the oldest depiction of the saint we have today.

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2011
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