Bova Marina

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Bova Marina
Comune di Bova Marina
Bova Marina is located in Italy
Bova Marina
Bova Marina
Location of Bova Marina in Italy
Coordinates: 37°56′N 15°55′E / 37.933°N 15.917°E / 37.933; 15.917Coordinates: 37°56′N 15°55′E / 37.933°N 15.917°E / 37.933; 15.917
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Province of Reggio Calabria (RC)
Frazioni Mesofugna, Amigdalà, Borgo, Centro, Costa dei Saraceni, Apambero, San Pasquale
 • Total 29.5 km2 (11.4 sq mi)
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Population (December 2004)[1]
 • Total 3,870
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Demonym Bovesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 89035
Dialing code 0965
Website Official website

Bova Marina (Calabrian Greek: Jalò tu Vùa) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Reggio Calabria in the Italian region Calabria, located about 120 km southwest of Catanzaro and about 30 km southeast of Reggio Calabria. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,870 and an area of 29.5 km².[1]

The municipality of Bova Marina contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Mesofugna (Greek: Mesofonè), Amigdalà (Greek: Amygdalià), Borgo, Centro, Costa dei Saraceni, Apambero (Greek: Apambyros), and San Pasquale.

Bova Marina borders the following municipalities: Bova, Condofuri, Palizzi.

As evidenced by the above Greek place names, Bova Marina is one of the places where is still spoken the Greek–Calabrian dialect - remnant of the ancient Greek coloniaztion of Magna Graecia, i.e. South Italy and Sicily.

In 1983, during excavations for roadwork, the ruins of the Bova Marina Synagogue were discovered in Bova Marina. This is the second oldest confirmed site of a synagogue in Italy, the oldest being the ancient synagogue of Ostia Antica near Rome. Parts of the ancient mosaic floor are still intact, which display ancient Jewish symbols, such as the menorah and Solomon's knot.

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  1. ^ a b All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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