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COLLE DI VAL

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 686 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COLLE DI VAL D' ELSA, a town and episcopal see of Italy, in the province of Siena, 5 M. by rail S. of Poggibonsi, which is 16 m. N.W. of Siena. Pop. (1901) town 1987; commune 9879. The old (upper) town (732 ft. above sea-level), contains the cathedral, dating from the 13th century, with a pulpit partly of this period; the facade has been modernized. There are also some old palaces of good architecture, and the old house where Arnolfo di Cambio, the first architect of the cathedral at Florence (1232–1301) was born. The lower town (46o ft.) contains glass-works; the paper and iron industries (the former as old as 1377) are less important.
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