Montefiascone, Province of Viterbo, Lazio Region, Italy
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The periods of highest splendour were the 13th and 14th centuries, when the castle was often a residence of Popes, and in the Avignon period it was the residence of the Pope representative in Italy, Cardinal Albornoz. A slow decline began afterwards, and the situation worsened after the 1657 plague and an earthquake some decades later in 1697. In 1870 also Montefiascone, as the whole Church of the State with the exception of Vatican City, was united to the Kingdom of Italy.