Albino, Lombardy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Albino
Comune
Città di Albino
A view over the town of Albino
A view over the town of Albino
Coat of arms of Albino
Coat of arms
Albino is located in Italy
Albino
Albino
Location of Albino in Italy
Coordinates: 45°45′38″N 9°47′49″E / 45.76056°N 9.79694°E / 45.76056; 9.79694Coordinates: 45°45′38″N 9°47′49″E / 45.76056°N 9.79694°E / 45.76056; 9.79694
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Bergamo (BG)
Frazioni Bondo Petello, Desenzano al Serio, Comenduno, Vall'Alta, Fiobbio, Abbazia, Dossello, Casale, Grumelduro
Government
 • Mayor Luca Carrara
Area
 • Total 31.32 km2 (12.09 sq mi)
Highest elevation 410 m (1,350 ft)
Lowest elevation 342 m (1,122 ft)
Population (December 31, 2011)[1]
 • Total 18,222
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym Albinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24021
Dialing code 035
Patron saint Sts. Julian and Albinus
Saint day January 9
Website Official website
Sanctuary of Madonna della Gamba.

Albino is a comune in the province of Bergamo, in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is located northeast of Bergamo and is situated in the valley of the river Serio (Val Seriana). The population continues to increase.

History[edit]

Archaeological findings have showed that the area was already settled in the Copper Age. In Roman times there were settlements in the area (probably of Gaulish origin), though the first document mentioning a in vico Albines dates from 892 AD. Later, entangled in the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the town was strongly fortified, a castle being built in the 14th century. Later it was under the Republic of Venice, with a strong increasing of textile and iron industry, peculiarities which characterize Albino still today.

Albino received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree of December 27, 1991. Since 2009, the Bergamo–Albino light rail connects Albino with Bergamo.

Main sights[edit]

  • Parrocchiale di San Giuliano, founded in 898. Rebuilt in neoclassicist style in the early 19th century, it houses works by Giovan Battista Moroni, Enea Salmeggia and others. The bell tower (1497) was designed by Cosimo Fanzago.
  • Convent of San Bartolomeo (12th century), in Lombard-Gothic style. It includes frescoes from the 16th-century renovation, 21 wooden sculptures in the choir and polyptych in gilted wood. It is a national monument.
  • Sanctuary of the Madonna del Pianto (15th century). It is home to a canvas by Moroni with Christ Carrying the Cross and one by Salmaggia, The Deposition.
  • Church of the Conception (late 15th century). It has a notable portico and a frescoes from the 14th and 16th centuries.
  • Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Snow, on the country road leading to Selvino. It dates from the 16th century, and has frescoes from the same age which were recently restored.
  • Church of Sant'Anna (16th century), designed by Giovan Battista Caniana.
  • Sanctuary of Altino (16th century), in the frazione Vall'Alta.
  • Cistercian Abbey
  • Sanctuary of Madonna della Gamba ("Madonna of the Leg"), in the frazione Desenzano al Serio. Erected from 1448, it honours a miracle that took place in 1440, when a maiden, praying the Virgin, was miraculously saved from the injuries received to her leg. It houses works by Enea Salmeggia, Palma il Giovane, Andrea Fantoni and others.
  • Parish of St. Peter, a notable example of Lombard-Gothic architecture, in the frazione Desenzano al Serio.
  • Casa della Misericordia, with frescoes by Moroni (1570).
  • Casa Solari (16th century).

Bounding communes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]