Basilica of Saint Ubaldo, Gubbio

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The Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo is a Roman Catholic church atop Mount Ingino, outside central Gubbio in Umbria, Italy. The church houses the body of the patron saint of Gubbio, Saint Ubaldo (the 12th-century Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini), kept atop the main altar on a marble plinth, surmounted by a glass case.HistoryThe church and adjacent convent was originally built in the first decade of the 1500s by Canons Regular of the Lateran. Once rich in stucco decoration from the Baroque era, much of this decoration was destroyed during bombing during the second world war, and the interior was reconstructed. The church is accessible through a long, winding trail from the city or a more adventurous chair-lift ride.Saint Ubaldo DayThe church is the finishing-point for the annual Saint Ubaldo Day procession on May 15 of each year (in Italian, La Corsa dei Ceri). The procession includes a race between three team of men each representing one of the town's three guilds:The masons (in gold) with a statue of Saint UbaldThe merchants (in blue) with a statue of Saint GeorgeThe peasants (in black) with a statue of Saint Anthony The participants dress in colourful ceraioli and carry three nearly-900-pound wooden stands and statues (Ceri) of their saints through the city to the city gates. Thereafter, the teams sprint up Mount Ingino to the basilica where the statues remain until the following May. A similar festival is celebrated in Jessup, Pennsylvania. The event is considered an important contribution to the town's tourism industry.
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  • Beautiful The basilica, here rests the patron saint of Gubbio, S. Ubaldo. Spectacular view of the Valley
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  • The place is wonderful, but it demands a lot of physical effort, so I do not recommend the complete tour for seniors or children.
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  • A good walk from down town to get to a Churchill that is a good place for relaxing and free your mind
  • A beautiful basilica in baroque style. The real awe is how they built it so high up before cars and a cable car made it reachable. Worth 30 minutes although mass there would be a unique experience
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