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    Via Mercato Vecchio

    by solopes Written Mar 10, 2015

    Outside the oldest walls of the castle and its moat, the first inhabitants built their houses, around this street, where in 1200 was created the first permanent market of the city.
    Today, a few shops give life to the street.

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    Santa Maria della Grazie

    by solopes Written Mar 10, 2015

    The building of this sanctuary, guarded by the Friars Servants of Mary, began in 1495 and ended in 1520, being renovated with subsequent expansion in 1730. The facade and exterior work were added years later. The church was declared a minor basilica in 1922.

    The chapel of Our Lady, rebuilt in 1769, has a Byzantine image of Our Lady of Grace of the fourteenth century, crowned in 1870 by decree of the Vatican.

    The other altars show several paintings of Tintoretto,

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    Santa Maria di Castello

    by solopes Written Mar 10, 2015

    The Santa Maria di Castello, at its entrance, is the oldest of the city of Udine, seems to have been built on a site of a previous one. The actual structure in Romanesque style comes from the 12th century.

    Inside, the most remarkable details are the frescoes from the 13th century.

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    St Francis

    by solopes Written Mar 10, 2015

    The church of San Francesco is one of the oldest in Udine, today and only used for exhibitions and concerts. It seems to be the most beautiful church in Udine, with great frescoes inside.
    In 1934 some works of restoration demolished some elements from the 15th century, and in WW2 bombing forced a second restoration to the actual look, saving the frescoes.

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    San Giacomo square

    by solopes Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    Dominated by the church with the saint's name, this square now named Matteoti but also known as Piazza delle Erbe or Mercatonuovo, because it is the place for market of vegetables, the square shows also a elegant fountain and a column with a statue of the virgin, both from the 15Th century.

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    Church of San Giacomo

    by solopes Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    Located in the square now named Piazza Matteotti but still called St Giacomo by locals, this is the oldest church in town. Built in 1378, it was enlarged in the 16th century, when it received the actual facade, and in the 17th when the adjacent chapel was added.

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    St Christophoro church

    by solopes Updated Aug 25, 2014

    The oldest detail in this church seems to the door, built in 1518, while the Gothic style of the building comes from a restoration in the 17th century. The original fresco over the door was so damaged that couldn't be recovered and was replaced about hundred years ago. The interior has a few interesting works from the 16th century to the 19th.

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    Porticati Lippomano

    by solopes Updated Aug 25, 2014

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    One of the mot beautiful constructions in Udine is the complex of paths and staircase that lead to the castle. Built in 1487 by order of Tommaso Lippomano, the Governor from Venice, it is a delicate example of venetian style.

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    Porta Manin

    by solopes Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    The oldest entrance in town, dating from 1299, is called porta Manin or St Bartolomeo tower. The walls are gone, and even the tower has a somewhat modernized look, maybe by influence of the adjacent buildings

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    Piazetta Antonini

    by solopes Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    Dominated by a palace built in th 16th century to Floriano Antonini, and several times transformed in the following centuries, this a large, nice, but strange square.
    Some roman ruins seem to dispute the square with a big and modern block looking like a bunker, that, by the time of our visit, was painted with protesting messages. With different reasons, I do protest also.

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    Civic Museum

    by solopes Updated Aug 18, 2014

    The castle was built at the time of the Aquileia bishops in the center of the town, was replaced in the 16th century by a more majestic building, damaged in the 1976 earthquake and underwent long restoration works.

    It was already, since 1906, a museum, and after reconstruction, it hosts the Civic Museum and Galleries of Ancient and Modern art, with famous friulian and venetian artists such as Tiepolo or Caravaggio.

    It was closed when we went there, and we could only see from outside a Pietà.

    Maybe next time!

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    Monte Pietá palace

    by solopes Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    The Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, dates from the 17th Century, and was designed by Bartolomeo Rava from Milan. It is located in Udine’s historic centre, with statues at each of its corners and large stone arches. It is a bank today, but inside, there's an art gallery of regional artists from the 16th to the 20th Century.
    The best detail is a chapel that may be seen from outside. With a fresco painted by Giulio Quaglio the Younger (1668 – 1751), and the altar sculpted by Giuseppe Torretto it is a very beautiful example of Baroque art.

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    Loggia S Giovanni

    by solopes Updated Aug 18, 2014

    Facing Loggia del Lionello, across the square, the Loggia of S. Giovanni was built in 1533, including a temple dedicated to the saint, but latter replaced by another one dedicated to the fallen. The most remarkable detail is the clock tower, in Venetian style.

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    Ercole

    by solopes Updated Jul 26, 2014

    Piazza Libertá display several statues and a nice fountain. The column and the lion of S. Marco could be expected, the statues of Justice and peace are understandable, but was is Hercules doing there? And what do they call him Florian?
    Don't ask me, I only know that he is really big!

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    Clock Tower

    by solopes Updated Jul 26, 2014

    Dominating Liberta square, topping Loggia di Giovanni, there's a clock tower very similar with the one in S. Marco square, in Venice. No surprise, cause everything i venetian style in this beautiful square. The tower was built in 1527 by Giovanni da Udine, and the two moors that knock the hours atop of it were added in 1850

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