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Free city and dominant centre of the area until mid-14th Century, in 1384 Gubbio passed into the hands of Montefeltro family and lived another period of splendour that ended in 1508, when Urbino went under the dominion of Della Rovere family. Gubbio boasts monumental works of immense value like the gothic-style Cathedral (end of 12th Century), with an important museum inside, the Church of Santa Maria Nuova, the Church of St. Augustine (both of the half of the 13th Centuries), the Church of St. Francis (about 1255), the Church of St. John (between 13th and 14th Century), the Church of St. Peter (late Romanesque period) and the Church of St. Dominic (early 14th Century). Among the civil buildings stands out the Palazzo dei Consoli, erected between 1332 and 1349, overlooks the magnificent Piazza Grande, the largest hanging square in Europe, and hosts the archaeological civic museum, the Ceramics Hall and the Municipal Art Gallery. Finally of great importance is the Palazzo Ducale, built by Federico da Montefeltro in 1480. Every 15th of May, Gubbio celebrates the Corsa dei Ceri, one of the most famous traditional events in Italy.

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