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The monastery is of great relevance to the city of Urbino, second only to the Ducal Palace.
Early sources reveal that it was commissioned by Elisabetta Feltria, daughter of Duke Federico da Montefeltro, who entrusted the project to Francesco di Giorgio Martini in 1482.
In the 16th century, it became the Ducal Mausoleum, burial place of Francesco Maria I Della
Rovere, Gentile Brancaleoni and Battista Sforza, the late wives of Federico da Montefeltro. In the 1860s, the monastery became a school and from 1904, a hospital. Today it houses the ISIA– higher institute for art industries.