Castelfranco Veneto

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Castelfranco Veneto
Comune
Città di Castelfranco Veneto
The western gate of the old historical centre.
The western gate of the old historical centre.
Coat of arms of Castelfranco Veneto
Coat of arms
Castelfranco Veneto is located in Italy
Castelfranco Veneto
Castelfranco Veneto
Location of Castelfranco Veneto in Italy
Coordinates: 45°40′N 11°56′E / 45.667°N 11.933°E / 45.667; 11.933
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Treviso (TV)
Frazioni Treville, Salvarosa, Salvatronda, Bella Venezia, Campigo, Sant'Andrea oltre il Muson, Villarazzo, San Floriano di Campagna
Government
 • Mayor Luciano Dussin
Area
 • Total 50.93 km2 (19.66 sq mi)
Elevation 42 m (138 ft)
Population (31 August 2008)[1]
 • Total 33,407
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Demonym Castellani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 31033
Dialing code 0423
Patron saint Saint Liberalis
Saint day 27 April
Website Official website

Castelfranco Veneto is a town and comune of Veneto, northern Italy, in the province of Treviso, 30 kilometres (19 miles) by rail from the town of Treviso. It is approximately 40 km (25 mi) inland from Venice.

History[edit]

The town originates from a castle built here by the commune of Treviso in the course of its strife against Padua (1195). In 1246 it was captured by Ezzelino IV da Romano, returning to Treviso after his death in 1259. In 1329 it was acquired by Cangrande I della Scala, lord of Verona. Ten years later, together with Treviso, it was handed over to the Republic of Venice, to which it belonged until 1797. Castelfranco then followed the history of Veneto.

Main sights[edit]

The older part of the town is square, surrounded by medieval walls and towers constructed by the people of Treviso in 1211 (see Cittadella). The massive castle is noteworthy.

Castelfranco Veneto was the birthplace of the painter Giorgione, and the Cathedral (1723) contains one of his finest works, the Madonna with St. Francis and Liberalis (1504), but more commonly called Pala del Giorgione. In the background, the towers of the old town may be seen. The painting was being restored in Venice, Italy; however, ceremonies were held for the return of 'La Pala' near the end of 2005.

The Cathedral itself was designed by Francesco Maria Preti, over an ancient Romanesque church. Other artpieces include seven fragments of frescoes by Paolo Veronese.

Transport[edit]

Castelfranco Veneto railway station, opened in 1877, is a junction of three railway lines, the Trento–Venice railway, the Vicenza–Treviso railway and the Calalzo–Padua railway, respectively. As such, it is one of the busiest railway junctions in Veneto.

People born in Castelfranco Veneto[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

External links[edit]

Media related to Castelfranco Veneto at Wikimedia Commons