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Amelia

Amelia is a municipality located in the south-west of Umbria, near the border with the Lazio region. It was anciently known by the name of Ameria according to the mythology founded by King Ameroe. Of the latter is the bronze statue of Germanicus Julius Caesar, one of the few remaining in the world, preserved in the city’s archaeological museum.

The Amelia Civic Museum not only houses the famous statue but retraces the history and development of Amelia in its three levels, starting from the ground floor where the oldest finds are kept. Continuing on the first floor, characterized by the statue of Caesar, the testimonies of the Roman period are kept. Finally, the second floor is divided between the art gallery and the medieval archaeological area.

A sign of the town’s historicity are the polygonal walls which are made up of boulders fitted together without any material holding them together (at the time, mortar). The city wall has six entrances but currently four are used. Next to the main wall there is another more ancient wall, called “megalithic”, which surrounded the acropolis between the 7th century and the 6th century BC, composed only of irregular, unpolished blocks, arranged in a primitive manner.

In the upper part there is a theater: built of wood and with a horseshoe structure. In the town there are also numerous religious architectures such as the Church of San Francesco, also called the church of Saints Filippo and Giacomo.

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