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Piazza della Repubblica is the heart of the city from which the main routes lead to the gates. The civil and spiritual life of the city, with its buildings and public spaces, has settled around this square. Saint Feliciano, a martyr, was buried near the city of Foligno close to the Topino River, beyond the Caesar or Stone Bridge, in a field intended for the burial of corpses. A castle was erected around his tomb, called Castrum Sancti Feliciani, where the ancient town later developed. The imposing bulk of the cathedral dominates the square with its 16th-century dome, the minor Romanesque façade, and the Palazzo delle Canoniche. The Palazzo Trinci, once the residence of the lords of Foligno, closes the north side. On the opposite side the Palazzo Comunale with its neoclassical façade, the renaissance Palazzo Orfini, which houses the Museum of the Press, the Palazzo del Podestà, still with traces of decoration on the façade and the remains of a medieval building. Precisely in this square, St. Francis of Assisi began his path of conversion by donating his clothes and his horse.