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Museum of Sacred Art Museum of Sacred Art
The palace hosting the museum, called Palazzo Mediceo, right in the town centre of San Leo, was built between 1517 and 1523, as a residence for the governor of San Leo and Montefeltro, who then represented the Republic of Florence in the area. The troops from Florence, led by Antonio Ricasoli took San Leo in May 1517, in a historical battle celebrated by the famous fresco by Vasari, which can be admired in the Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence.
The building appears to visitors as a spectacular backdrop, dominating the main square. Lying between the Parish church and the Cathedral, the building has a typical renaissance structure organised around the drawing rooms on the ground floor, although the courtyard, typical of palaces in Florence, is missing here. Restoration works ended in 1995, bringing back the building to its original size.
The Fortress´s Museum The Fortress´s Museum
Today a museum, the Fortress is first and foremost a valuable example of military architecture. The mountain on which San Leo rises, for its towering position over the valley below and its geographical features, with steep stone walls perpendicular to the floor, has always been a natural stronghold. The Romans, well aware of its strategic value, built there a first fortification. During the middle Ages, the fortress was fought over by the Byzantines, the Goths, the Lombards and the Franks.