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  Wonderful duomo
by iandsmith

From its days as one of Rome's most important Central Italian colonies it has ranked and that was maintained by the Lombards who elevated it to one of the three capitals of their Italian dukedoms. It then became an independent state until it fell to the papacy in 1354.
Some highlights include the church of Sant'Ansano, whose crypt is covered in very ancient frescoes, and the church is flanked by a 1st century Roman arch, the Arco di Druso.
Other churches worthy of note are San Salvatore, San Pnziano and San Gregorio which has some recycled Roman buildings as part of it and reportedly nearby are buried some 10,000 Christian martyrs who were supposedly victims at the Roman amphithteatre.
The main attraction though is the standout 12th century Duomo, graced with one of the most elegant facades in Italy. Pinturicchios's unfinished Madonna and Child (1497) and Fra Lippo Lippi's final work, describing episodes from the Life of the Virigin, are to be found inside.

Directions: South eastern Umbria

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  • Updated May 8, 2003
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