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L'AQUILA  

L’Aquila is a City of Abruzzo as well as being the main Provincial and Regional town. It was built up at the foot of the Gran Sasso (Big Rock) at a height (714) which dominated the valley of the Aterno.
The City, already conceived by Federico II of Svevia, was constructed in 1254 on the remains of the previous Roman site of Amiternum.
The late Roman Church of Saint Mary of Collemaggio, founded in 1287 outside the City walls, is characteristic for its façade and marmoreal incrustation and for its beautiful doors; it’s the most decorated and well preserved monument of the City, as well as being the highest architectural expression of the entire Abruzzo region.

Other late Roman Churches, but ones that have been re-adjusted, are the churches of Saint Giusta (1257-1349), Saint Mary of Paganica, Saint Flaviano (dating back to the end of the 1200’s) and Saint Silvestro. The Renaissance Cathedral of Saint Bernardino (1454), with its 16th Century façade by Cola dell’Amatrice and sculptures by Silvestro dell’Aquila, contains the mausoleum dedicated to Saint Bernardino of Siena.
There are numerous 16th Century Palaces and monuments along the roads of the historical inhabited centre, which come from the Baroque and neo-classical eras...

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