Basilica of Saint Ubaldo, Gubbio

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Religious Site · Church
The Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo is a Roman Catholic church atop Mount Ingino, outside central Gubbio in Umbria, Italy. The church houses the body of the patron saint of Gubbio, Saint Ubaldo (the 12th-century Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini), kept atop the main altar on a marble plinth, surmounted by a glass case.HistoryThe church and adjacent convent was originally built in the first decade of the 1500s by Canons Regular of the Lateran. Once rich in stucco decoration from the Baroque era, much of this decoration was destroyed during bombing during the second world war, and the interior was reconstructed. The church is accessible through a long, winding trail from the city or a more adventurous chair-lift ride.Saint Ubaldo DayThe church is the finishing-point for the annual Saint Ubaldo Day procession on May 15 of each year (in Italian, La Corsa dei Ceri). The procession includes a race between three team of men each representing one of the town's three guilds:The masons (in gold) with a statue of Saint UbaldThe merchants (in blue) with a statue of Saint GeorgeThe peasants (in black) with a statue of Saint Anthony The participants dress in colourful ceraioli and carry three nearly-900-pound wooden stands and statues (Ceri) of their saints through the city to the city gates. Thereafter, the teams sprint up Mount Ingino to the basilica where the statues remain until the following May. A similar festival is celebrated in Jessup, Pennsylvania. The event is considered an important contribution to the town's tourism industry.
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  • A wonderful walk up to this lovely Basilica. Nobody else was walking, they were all driving so missed half the fun!  more »
  • The basilica is very nice for its position. The architecture is quite simple but it interesting to learn the story of the Ceri that are conserved in the basilica.  more »
  • This church is located in a prestigious place with a great view all around it. The whole experience of getting up there with a cage lift was amazing. Within the building gates there is a souvenir shop and upstairs a video that shows the history and the importance of the Gubbio's traditions and the festival that involves the three saints. Highly recommended to visit!.
  • Very enjoyable fabulous buildings and great experience riding the cable car. Worth the hike up the hill to the tower.
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