Cortemaggiore

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Cortemaggiore
Comune
Comune di Cortemaggiore
Coat of arms of Cortemaggiore
Coat of arms
Motto: "Nihil sanctius quam recta fides cum sororibus associata" (Nothing is holier than a true faith combined with other virtues)
Cortemaggiore is located in Italy
Cortemaggiore
Cortemaggiore
Location of Cortemaggiore in Italy
Coordinates: 45°0′N 9°56′E / 45.000°N 9.933°E / 45.000; 9.933Coordinates: 45°0′N 9°56′E / 45.000°N 9.933°E / 45.000; 9.933
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Province of Piacenza (PC)
Frazioni Chiavenna Landi and San Martino in Olza
Government
 • Mayor Gianluigi Repetti (Casa delle Libertà)
Area
 • Total 36 km2 (14 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population
 • Total 4,345
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym Cortemaggioresi or Magiostrini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 29016
Dialing code 0523
Patron saint San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence)
Saint day August 10
Website Comune di Cortemaggiore [1]

Cortemaggiore is an Italian comune located in the Province of Piacenza.

Founded in the 1479 by the Pallavicino family, over an old Roman site, it was the capital of the ancient Stato Pallavicino.

During the years, the birth of a lot of brotherhoods, bears the construction of a lot of churches:

  • The Basilica of "Santa Maria delle Grazie" or "Collegiata": Started in 1480, it's the main church of Cortemaggiore, it has a Latin cross plant; it conserves a valued polyptych, composed by twelve pieces, by Filippo Mazzola, Parmigianino's father.
  • The church of "Annunziata" (Church of the Announcation): Built in 1487, it keeps two importants pictures by Il Pordenone, an "Immacolata concezione" (Blameless Conception) an a superb "Deposizione" (the Deposition). Next to the church, there is a monastery, with a cloister of 40 metres (about 43 yards) on all sides.
  • The church of "San Giuseppe" (St. Joseph): Started in 1576 by the brotherhood of San Giuseppe.
  • The oratory of "San Lorenzo" (St. Lawrence): Built in 1666.
  • The oratory of "San Giovanni" (St. John): Started in 1625 by the confratenity of SS. Sacramento.
  • The church of "Santa Maria delle Grazie fuori le mura" or "Madonnina": Built by the priest Anotonio Bovarini in 1661.

In 1949 the Italian entrepreneur Enrico Mattei, discovers in Cortemaggiore's subsoil an important oilfield; with this oil was product a gasoline (the only one refined from Italian oil), called Supercortemaggiore.

In 1997 to Cortemaggiore was conferred the title of "Città d'Arte" (City of Art), a particular prize assigned to the most artistical interesting city.

The municipality's motto is "Nihil sanctius quam recta fides cum sororibus associata" (Nothing is holier than a true faith combined with other virtues).

Territory[edit]

Cortemaggiore is located in the northern Italy about 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Milan and 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Bologna, in the zone of Italy called "Pianura Padana". The municipality borders with Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Villanova sull'Arda, Besenzone, San Pietro in Cerro, Caorso, Pontenure and Cadeo.

Born in Cortemaggiore[edit]