Bojano

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Bojano
Comune
Comune di Bojano
Bojano tetti.jpg
Coat of arms of Bojano
Coat of arms
Bojano is located in Italy
Bojano
Bojano
Location of Bojano in Italy
Coordinates: 41°29′N 14°28′E / 41.483°N 14.467°E / 41.483; 14.467
Country Italy
Region Molise
Province Campobasso (CB)
Frazioni see list
Government
 • Mayor Antonio Silvestri
Area
 • Total 49 km2 (19 sq mi)
Elevation 480 m (1,570 ft)
Population (31 December 2008)
 • Total 8,243
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Demonym Bojanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 86021
Dialing code 0874
Patron saint St. Bartholomew
Saint day August 25
Website Official website

Bojano or Boiano is a town and comune in the province of Campobasso, Molise, south central Italy.

History[edit]

Originally named Bovianum, it was settled by the 7th century BC. As the capital of the Pentri, a tribe of the Samnites, it played a major role in the Samnite Wars, as well as in the Social War, when it was a temporary capital (93 BC). It was sacked by Sulla.

It was colonized under both the triumvirates, and by Vespasian, who settled veterans of Legio XI Claudia (whence the name Bovianum Undecumanorum), and remained an important centre into late antiquity.

After the Lombard conquest, the deserted area was given to a group of Bulgars and became a seat of a gastaldate. After two centuries marked by Saracen attacks, in the mid-11th century it was conquered by the Hauteville Normans, becoming a fief of Raoul de Moulins, a companion to Robert Guiscard. The city became a county capital.

The city was destroyed by a long series of earthquakes, the last occurring in 1913.

Main sights[edit]

The remains of Cyclopean walls can be seen on the heights above the modern town. Other attractions include:

  • The Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (11th century), several times damaged by earthquakes. The apse is still in Norman style.
  • The church of Sts. Erasmus and Marinus, with a noteworthy Gothic portal.
  • The Hermitage of St. Egidius, on a 1,025 m high mountain in the neighbourhood.
  • The remains of the Norman Castle.

Frazioni[edit]

Alifana, Campi Marzi, Castellone, Chiovitti, Ciccagne, Civita Superiore, Codacchio, Colacci, Collalto, Cucciolene, Fonte delle Felci, Imperato, Limpiilli, Majella, Malatesta, Monteverde, Mucciarone, Pallotta, Pietre Cadute, Pinciere, Pitoscia, Pitti, Prusciello, Rio Freddo, Santa Maria dei Rivoli, Sant'Antonio Abate, Taddeo, Tilli Tilli.

References[edit]

  • De Benedittis, G. Bovianum ed il suo territorio (1977)

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