Earthquake: Treasures lost in trail of damage

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Yesterday's earthquake took a heavy toll on the hundreds of historic buildings in central Italy, and damaged a number of priceless works of art.

Part of the vaulted ceilings of the 13th century Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi collapsed. Walls inside the upper church and at least two frescoes by Giotto and one by Cimabue damaged.

Also in Assisi, damage was reported to the 12th century Cathedral of San Rufino, dedicated to a missionary martyr, and to the red and white Gothic church of Santa Chiara, built in 1257-65.

In Urbino, cracks opened up in the outside facade and the inside walls of the Duomo, built in 1477.

In Nocera Umbra the bell tower of the cathedral, built in the Middle Ages, collapsed, as well as several other buildings in the historic centre.

Major damage was reported to the 13th century cathedral in Bevagna and to the tower of the Romanesque Duomo in Foligno.

Main facade of the church of San Biagio e Romualdo in the industrial town of Fabriano was destroyed.