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Albenga: photo description (Albenga)

Albenga is a town located on the Ligurian coast in Northwest Italy. Its main attractions are the interesting medieval centre with the baptistery and the Cathedral, and the Museum, which houses fragments of the ship of the 1st century. In Roman times Albenga was an important port city, which was called Albium Ingaunum. But over time the sea receded, and the modern city is already at some distance from the shore. While Albenga has kept the structure of the ancient city with two main streets, the "Cardo" and "Decumanus", intersecting in the centre, which is very unusual for Liguria. There are numerous medieval towers because of which Albenga is known as the "City of a hundred towers".

Familiarity with Albengoa best to start with the via Aurelia - one of the main streets in the city centre, where there are ruins of ancient Roman buildings. Medieval city with palaces and handsome houses of the 13th century is notable for three towers of the same period, the Cathedral of San Michele and restored the baptistery of the 5th century. Piazza San Michele - the heart of the old centre of Albenga.

The Cathedral of San Michele holds several valuable works of art, and its Romanesque appearance dates from the 11 to 14-th centuries, despite the fact that the Cathedral was rebuilt several times, and its interior is made in Baroque style. Bell tower of the Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful in Liguria specimens of late Gothic style. During the archaeological excavations there were discovered the fresco "the last judgment" painted by Matteo and Tommaso Biasucci Yes Bar.

A few meters from the Cathedral stands the baptistery is perhaps the most interesting monument of Albenga. Built in the 5th century, it features an unusual form - 10-sided outside, 8-sided inside. In the baptistery preserved ancient baptismal font and the mosaic of the 6th century, rich in Christian symbols. The original arch was destroyed during the restoration work and replaced a wooden structure.

Other attractions in Albenga, you can call the Museum Ingauno, located near the city center of the Palazzo Vecchio del Comune 14th century, artefacts from the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Just behind the apse of the Cathedral begins in the square Piazzetta dei Leoni, above which rise the Palazzo Costa and an ancient tower. The name of the square comes from the three stone lions, brought here by members of the Costa family from Rome in 1608, the year.

Near the center of the city is another square - Piazza Girolamo Rossi, surrounded by medieval buildings, among which deserves special attention is a fully preserved house of the 14th century. In this part of Albenga you can also see the Palazzo Peloso of Capella, which is now the Museum of the Roman ship from fragments of ancient amphorae and other marine artifacts.

Outside the city walls of Albenga you can also visit other archaeological artifacts, for example, the tomb in the form of a tower Pole, dated to the 2nd century BC and the ruins of the amphitheatre.