Ales, Sardinia

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Ales
Comune
Comune di Ales
Ales Dom Fassade.jpg
Ales is located in Italy
Ales
Ales
Location of Ales in Italy
Coordinates: 39°46′N 8°49′E / 39.767°N 8.817°E / 39.767; 8.817Coordinates: 39°46′N 8°49′E / 39.767°N 8.817°E / 39.767; 8.817
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province Oristano (OR)
Frazioni Zeppara
Area
 • Total 21.65 km2 (8.36 sq mi)
Elevation 194 m (636 ft)
Population (31 December 2006)[1]
 • Total 1,571
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym aleresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 09091
Dialing code 0783
Patron saint Santi Pietro e Paolo
Saint day 29 June
Website Official website

Ales (Alas in Sardinian language) is a small town in the province of Oristano on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies on the eastern slopes of Mt. Arci. This area is the only Sardinian source of obsidian.

Together with the town of Terralba, Ales forms the Roman Catholic diocese of Ales-Terralba. Its current bishop is Giovanni Dettori. Ales Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Peter, is the bishop's seat and also the town's most famous landmark, showing how Ales' religious importance outweighs its meagre population size of about 1600.

Antonio Gramsci and Fernando Atzori were born in Ales.

The nearest international airport is in Cagliari, at roughly 70 kilometers distance. The Zip Code is 09091 and the phone prefix is (+39) 0783

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: National Institute of Statistics (Italy) (Istat).