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Minturno: photo description (Minturno)

Minturno is a small town in the southern part of the Lazio region, located in the North-West Bank of the river Liris on the Riviera di Ulisse. One of the areas of the city is located on the opposite Bank of the river, approximately 18 km from its mouth, in the place where the old Major road bridge crosses the Pont Tertius.

Antique Minturnae was one of the three cities of the ancient italic tribe of avtonov that in the 4th century BC went to war against Rome. But in the 296-m BC, Minturnae became a Roman colony. Probably in 883, the year the city was destroyed by the Saracens, who in later years held control over the surrounding plains. Later the site of the ancient settlement was completely abandoned by the people who preferred him to the territory of modern Minturno (until the 19th century it was known as Traetto). During the Second World war there took place one of the lines of defense of the Nazi troops, and the city suffered heavy bombing that destroyed many of the monuments of history and culture.

Among the remaining sites Minturno, you can call Roman ruins, consisting of an amphitheatre (now almost entirely destroyed), theatre with an interesting view of the wall masonry, and aqueduct, the outer corners of which have different colors, which creates a decorative effect. To this period also belongs the statue, popularly known as Scipio, and the ruins of the Capitol, built in the Italo-Etruscan style in the 2nd century BC, a few kilometers from Formia are still used baths, Suio that in his works mentioned by Pliny the Elder and Lucani. And at the mouth of the river Liris was originally a pagan grotto Italian goddess Marica.

Other attractions in Minturno can be called the castle of the 9th century, which at different times such historical figures as St. Thomas Aquinas, aristocrat Isabella Colonna and Giulia Gonzaga. Religious attractions presented by the churches of San Francesco 14th century Annunziata from the same period with ancient frescoes, discovered in the 1930-ies) and San Pietro of the 11th-12th centuries. The last notable Baroque-style chapel of Sacramento, decorated with multicolored marble and mosaics of the 13th century.