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Topographic views of Ancona: Visible are the Arch of Trajan and at the top of the hill, the Cathedral of San Ciriaco
Views of Ancona distributed by the French company G. Massiot & Cie (actual photographer unknown). Distributed before 1912. Ancona is located on the Adriatic Sea; was founded by Greeks from Syracuse; thrived as Roman naval base after Illyrian War of 178 BCE; given to popes by Charlemagne in 774 CE; later was maritime republic; again under papal rule from 1532.