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The Cathedral of San Clemente
This Church consecrated to Pope S. Clemens (88-97?) has early Christian origins, and probably it was built over the ruins of a pagan temple. Between the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century it was completely rebuilt; the same happened in the 17th century. The façade is decorated with a portal built at the beginning of the 16th century by Traiano da Palestrina. It consists of two white marble pilaster strips and bas-reliefs representing the objects used during the liturgy (a Mass book, a Cross, a jug, an aspergillum), alternated with heads of cherubs and it is surmounted by a triangular tympanum.

The interior consists of a nave and two aisles and numerous paintings of the 16th century, while there are just some ruins of the medieval frescos. The christening font is a sarcophagus, that according to the cardinal Borgia was found near Velletri, in the place called San Pietro. The Romanic crypt also is very interesting, with its roman columns and the frescos of the 13th and 14th century. This little Church was built during 13th century to host the relics of the Saints Ponzano and Eleuterio.

Near this structure there is the Museum “Museo Capitolare”, where there is a large collection of paintings, jewels, and vestments from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The most important are: the “Croce Veliterna” a reliquary of the 11th-12th century; and the chasuble of Benedict XI, realized at the end of the 13th century.

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