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ROMAN THEATRE

Romain Theatre

The Gubbio Roman Theatre has been constructued during the first century aD. by using square blocks of limestone from the local area. The walls' covering is ashlar. The tiers, having a diametr of 70 meters, are divided by short stairs in four parts. Externally to the tiers there is a colonnade of arches on pillars. The upper one, with another colonnade, today missing, would have formed a portich going all around the theatre. In summertime (July/August) it becomes a suggestive scenario for playing masterpieces of classical authors.

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ST. UBALDO CATHEDRAL

Sant'Ubaldo Cathedral

The St.Ubaldo Basilica has five naves and was restored in 1500 by the Canonici Regolari Lateranensi to whom, the guard of the sanctuary was entrusted. Remarkable are the marble altar and the windows decoraded with episodes of the life of the Gubbio Saint patron, whose immaculate body is exposed in a crystal urn over the altar. The doors finely carved, as well as the fragments of frescoes on the walls of the cloister still show the ancient beauty of XVI century decorations. At the inside, in the right nave, the ceri are stored from the evening of May the 15th of every year until the first Sunday of May of the following year.

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DUCAL PALACE

Ducal Palace

The Ducal Palace was built after 1470 following the arrival of Federico da Montefeltro and is the expression of a lifestyle ispired from the humanistic civilizaion. L. Laurana, worked on it under the power of Federico between 1467 and 1472. Therefore, the initials FD (Federicus Dux), which can be read in several parts of the building , date after the 1474, when Montefeltro was named duke, and this would confirm that the palace was built when the architect was already working at the Naples Court. However, it is possible that Francesco di Giorgio Martini, the other master architect woking for Federico at that time, completed the project and the design conceived by Laurana. Very interisting the inner yard hall which remind a bit, although in smaller scale, the palaces and yards of Urbino; without any doubt, once finished, the palace was marvelous also in the ornaments. The study of the duke, today at the Metropilitan Museum of New York, was of wood panels well inlaid and covered the walls up to a hight of m.2,68; today it is possble to admire the beautiful inlays of the door, the square-cell ceiling, the marble fireplace and the tiled roof. The palace today is a museum and exhibition area and belongs to the italian agency for architectural and archeological patrimony.

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CONSUL PALACE

Consul Palace

The imposing complex of Consul Palace, of Pretorio Palace and the square which links them were constructed during the XIV century. The deliberations of 1321 and 1322 commanded that the buildings had to be erected in a place touching all the different quarters of the town. For these reasons, the public buildings were realized so as to meet all the areas of town in a dedalus of magnificent beauty. To fulfill the task, the land had to be deeply modified, and huge vaults were constructed in order to support this hanging square, which is supposed to be the biggest hanging square in the world. The architectural complex has a uniform style, revealing the conscience of a new civilization. Concerning this, G.De Angelis D'Ossat writes as follows : "the recovery of frontality, the taste for classical proportions, the reject of pointed arc, and the naiv semplicity of the implantation are all conquests which will bloom,the century after, in the Florence Renaissance". Matteo di Giovannello, said the Gattapone, realized the two buildings: the first, the Consul Palace, destined to being the seat of the Magistracy of the free Commun and the other, Pretorio Palace, residence of the podesta. The marvelous door of the Consuls Palace has to be attributed to Angelo da Orvieto. Today is the Commun to own the two buildings. The Consuls Palace hosts the archeological museum at which inside the eugubine tables are stored, definetly the most important document for the history of the ancient italic people.

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