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Orbetello, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta 
Located in the central Piazza della Repubblica, close to the lagoon, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the most important religious building of Orbetello. The church was probably built on the ruins of a pagan temple, as also seems to show that stands on a high base similar to the podium of a temple.
The earliest records date back to the building, however, to the early thirteenth century, although substantial work on the facade, which has a large central rose and a rich plastic decoration, were made between 1370 and 1376 in late Gothic style at the behest of the family 
Orsini, as attested by a plaque placed on the portal. 
At the left jamb of the portal is the emblem of Orbetello, a lion rampant here depicted without spear, placed in the same year it was built the facade, this is the first representation of the emblem of the city. 
The interior is divided into three naves, is striking for the breadth and the rich late-baroque decoration, which is the highest expression in the chapel, which opens on the right aisle, dedicated to San Biagio, patron saint of the city. This environment, with a domed roof, has an elaborate altar to the broken pediment that preserves the saint's head by a fine silver reliquary bust of embossed and engraved. 
The church is enriched by the many paintings and decorations but striking for its simplicity, a heavy marble slab medieval, found inside the building in 1964 and used as a work of the altar frontal.
This rare artifact, dating to the ninth century, is carved in relief and has 24 panels decorated with antique items of symbolic significance as the unicorn, the snake and grapes.
 

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