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Cattedrale di Santa Maria - sec. XI-XII, Anagni

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  • According to legend, Anagni was founded in the Valley of the river Lot from God Saturn. Inhabited by the ancient people of the Ernici was conquered by the Romans in the early 4th century BC. In the middle ages Anagni became one of the most important economic and cultural centers of Lazio. There were four popes, including Pope Innocent III (1198 Lotario dei Conti di Segni, elected) and Boniface VIII (Benedetto Caetani, elected in 1294) that moved for a few years the Papal residence in this town. The famous episode of the Mockery of Anagni (or slap of Anagni, depending on which versions of the fact) he suffered just the proud Boniface VIII, when designed counter the rising power of Philip the fair, King of France and re-establish the primacy of the Pope in European politics. At the height of the battle, in September 1303, a large group of supporters of the King led by Sciarra Colonna and some Nogaret, occupied the town without encountering any resistance, surprises overnight the Pope in his palace and repeatedly mocking him with no regard for the August personage. Some argue that the Pope was only mocked and humiliated, others speak of slaps, some real treads. After a few days the Anagni faithful to the Pope reacted and drove the conspirators. However by the snub instantly, unprecedented for a Pontiff, already infirm Boniface VIII never recovered more: worsened and died the next month. After the death of Boniface VIII, and the decline of the temporal power of the Church, Anagni experienced a period of gradual decline and depopulation. Only in 60 of the last century, thanks to its proximity to the motorway, the town experienced a certain economic awakening. The old town has a typically medieval aspect. St Mary's Cathedral, dating from the eleventh century, is the largest place of worship in the town. The massive Romanesque building particularly solemn and austere, makes it worth a campanile admirably unburdened with a characteristic succession from bottom to top of mullioned Windows, trefoils and four lights. The monumental stairway enhances the prestige of the complex. The interiors are in Gothic style with three naves. The apse features an elegant mosaic Solomonic column with strips of hard stones (used as support for the General liturgical candle) a nice canopy supported by four columns and a massive Episcopal seat; all works by the Vassalletto XIII century. Also notable is the Cosmati floor to geometric inlays, also of 1200. The crypt is distinguished by the wonderful blend of arches that support the ceiling and for a number of early medieval frescoes on stories from the Bible, which anticipate in those of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. In a lunette are represented with bright colors the two great physicians of antiquity: Galen (left) and Hippocrates (right) sitting opposite one another, richly dressed and engaged in a scholarly discussion. Also worth seeing are The Palace of Boniface VIII, home to the popular outrage, and the Palazzo della Ragione, built in the Romanesque style, with beautiful mullioned Windows and large arches that refine the massive stone structures. Substantial traces of medieval walls are visible in the southern part of town, along the provincial road 26.
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  • Splendid Romanesque building with Gothic elements. Worth visiting museums. Crypt with breathtaking frescoes preserved beautifully. Very impressive and full of history related to the numerous Papi Anagni and beyond.
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  • One of the must-see places of Anagni, the Cathedral is divine and lovers of photography like me out is very pretty photograph it both day and night
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