Domodossola

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Domodossola
Comune
Città di Domodossola
Domodossola-VB.jpg
Coat of arms of Domodossola
Coat of arms
Domodossola is located in Italy
Domodossola
Domodossola
Location of Domodossola in Italy
Coordinates: 46°07′N 8°17′E / 46.117°N 8.283°E / 46.117; 8.283
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Verbano Cusio Ossola (VB)
Frazioni Badulerio, Barro, Borgata Casa Delle Rane, Boschetto, Calice, Calvario, Castanedo, Cisore, Corte, Gabi Valle, Mocogna, Monteossolano, Nosere, San Quirico, Siberia, Vagna.
Government
 • Mayor Mariano Cattrini (PD)
Area
 • Total 36.93 km2 (14.26 sq mi)
Elevation 272 m (892 ft)
Population (31 December 2012)
 • Total 18,307
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Demonym Domesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 28845
Dialing code 0324
Patron saint Sts. Gervasius and Protasius
Saint day 19 June
Website Official website

Domodossola (Piedmontese: Dòm) is a city and comune in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, in the region of Piedmont, northern Italy. It was also known as Oscela, Oscella, Oscella dei Leponzi, Ossolo, Ossola Lepontiorum, and Domo d'Ossola (due to its position in the Ossola valley).

Geography[edit]

Domodossola is situated at the confluence of the Bogna and Toce Rivers, and is home to 18,300 people.

The city is located at the foot of the Italian Alps, and acts as a minor passenger-rail hub. Its strategic location accommodates Swiss rail passengers, and Domodossola railway station acts as an international stopping-point between Milan and Brig (a Swiss city of German language) through the Simplon Pass (Italian: Sempione). The Domodossola–Locarno railway is a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge line to the east across the border to Locarno.

History[edit]

Domodossola was the chief town of the Lepontii when the Romans conquered the region in 12 BCE.

During World War II Domodossola was part of an uprising against the Germans, whereby the valley of Ossola declared itself a free partisan republic in September 1944 and broke away from Fascist Italy. The rebellion was crushed by German troops within less than two months, but was an important symbol for anti-fascist movements within Italy until the end of the war.

Main sights[edit]

  • Collegiate church of St. Gervasius and Protasius.
  • Palazzo Silva (17th century).

Domodossola is most famous for the Sacro Monte Calvario, a site of pilgrimage and worship close to it.

Economy[edit]

Economy is mostly based on services, the working of stones, and mechanics industry. The valleys in the area contain many dams and hydroelectric plants.

Culture[edit]

Its name is widely known in Italy as part of the local spelling alphabet as the entry: "D for Domodossola".

Twin towns[edit]

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