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Narni: photo description (Narni)

Narni is a small ancient town located in the province of Terni in Umbria over the valley of the river Nera. Narni for the first time mentioned in written sources in about 600 BC Then the settlement founded by the Umbrian on the left Bank of the Tiber, was called Nequen. In the 4th century BC it was conquered by the Romans who made it an Outpost on the way to the Adriatic sea. Wanting to be free from excessive oppression, the people Nequin entered into an Alliance with the Gauls. But the Romans conquered the town and renamed it Narnia named after the river Nar.

In 209 BC, the rebellious inhabitants of Narnia again rebelled, refusing to pay a tax on the war with Carthage, for which he paid dearly - the town was razed to the ground. Later on this place was built a new settlement, which, like the former, was one of the strongholds of the Roman army. In the 6th century the city was sacked during the Byzantine-Gothic wars, and for some time was in decline.

Only in the 11th century begins the heyday of Narni. In the 14th century there was built the massive Rocca Albornoz, named in honor of cardinal Albornoz, who returned to Narni, under the power of Rome. Unfortunately, in 1525, the city was seized by mercenaries of Emperor Charles V, who plundered it, and burned to the ground. Since he was not able to recover its former importance.

Today Narni is a small Italian town, has retained its medieval charm. Tourists are attracted by the stone buildings and narrow streets paved with cobblestones. Here you can see the huge Roman bridge Ponte di Augusto a height of about 30 meters, which was built over the river Nera and partially destroyed in the 8th century. Among the other attractions of the city - the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Maria Imperiale, the Romanesque Church of Santa Pudenziana and Church of Sant'agostino with its beautiful frescoes of the 18th century. Definitely worth a visit are the Rocca Albornoz, which today hosts exhibitions, and the Museum Eroli, where the altarpiece is the work of Ghirlandaio. Finally, interesting may be the Benedictine Abbey of San Cassiano and the Palazzo Communale.