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The seaside town Gaeta lies on an appendix if the mountain range Monti Aurunci. Gaeta is an very old town, a Marine Republic and last bastion of the Bourbon monarchy. It was a highly important port and resort town in the Roman period and reached the height of its splendour in the Middle Ages.

On a promontory almost completely surrounded by the sea, there is the "Urban Park of Monte Orlando", dated to 1986. The nearby surrounding sea is "Oasi blu" and is managed by the WWF for scientific and educational purposes. The rest of the town stretches through typical medieval lanes and streets, the Anjevin-aragonese castle, Roman monuments, historical churches and many wonderful beaches.

(http://www.comune.gaeta.lt.it/)

The Cathedral of Assunta e Sant'Erasmo was erected over a more ancient church, Santa Maria del Parco, and consecrated by Pope Paschal II in 1106. It had a nave with six aisles separated by columns with Gothic capitals. The cathedral has however undergone many stylistic changes later on. The Cathedral has a great bell tower, standing at 57 m, which is considered the city's finest piece of art. The base has two marble lions, and the whole construction made large reuse of ancient Roman architectural elements. The upper part, octagonal in plan, with small Romanesque arches with majolica decoration, was completed in 1279.

This photo is taken from the seafront towards the old city. The bell tower of the cathedral is on the left.

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