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But it’s the monumental complex of the Cathedral of Saint Francis that the whole City embraces; Consecrated in 1253, with a convent annexed to it. It’s an evocative construction, consisting of two churches with a single overhead nave, which were beautifully decorated with cycles of biblical, Evangelical and Franciscan frescoes by the most famous artists of the 3rd and 4th Centuries: Cimabue (who worked on the transept (arch), basin and on the veil of the façade of the higher church, as well as leaving a Madonna and Saint Francis in the lower church), Giotto (history of the Saint in the nave of the higher church), Pietro Lorenzetti (lower church) and Simone Martini (San Martino Chapel in the lower church).
A frescoe by Giotto (San Girolamo teaching an altar boy) and one by Cimabue (Saint Mark and Italy) were also irreparably destroyed,due to the seismic activity of ’97. The other frescoes did not sustain such damage.

The Renaissance is testified by the colonnade of the Saint Francis Square, the San Bernardino and Pellegrini oratories, the reconstructed house of the Comacini Professors, the fonti Marcella and Oliviera (springs). From the 17th Century, we have testimonies in the form of the Barnabei, Giacobetti and Vallemani buildings, as well as the Chiesa Nuova (New Church).

Other notable buildings and pieces include the Civic Archaeological Museum, positioned in the Roman Crypt of San Niccolò; the Communal Art Gallery in the Commune Building; the Capitolare Museum containing a triptych by Niccolò Alunno, invaluable 14th Century frescoes taken from the Church of San Rufinuccio, as well as goldsmiths and parades; the treasures of the sacred convent of Saint Francis; the Museum of the Cathedral of Santa Maria degli Angeli (celebrated and loved place of pilgrimage because it contains the Porziuncola (shrine), constructed in the 12th Century, was the first oratory of Saint Francis and his order in 1209, but also the place where the Saint died in 1226), a cross painted by Giunta Pisano and other works.

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