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San Gimignano

San Gimignano (sän jēmēnyäˈnō) [key], town (1991 pop. 6,956), Tuscany, central Italy. It is a tourist center that has fully preserved its medieval aspect. The city walls, the palaces, and the celebrated 14 towers (out of an original 72) still stand as they did in the 13th cent. Also of note in the town are the cathedral (12th cent.; damaged in World War II), which is rich in works of art, and the Church of St. Augustine (13th cent.), with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.

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