Mirandola

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Mirandola
Comune
Comune di Mirandola
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Coat of arms of Mirandola
Coat of arms
Mirandola is located in Italy
Mirandola
Mirandola
Location of Mirandola in Italy
Coordinates: 44°53′12″N 11°4′0″E / 44.88667°N 11.06667°E / 44.88667; 11.06667Coordinates: 44°53′12″N 11°4′0″E / 44.88667°N 11.06667°E / 44.88667; 11.06667
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Modena
Frazioni Cividale, Gavello, Mortizzuolo, Quarantoli, San Giacomo Roncole, San Martin Carano, San Martino Spino, Tramuschio
Government
 • Mayor Maino Benatti
Area
 • Total 137.1 km2 (52.9 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 22,068
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym Mirandolesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 41037
Dialing code 0535
Patron saint Saint Possidonio
Saint day 16 May
Website Official website

Mirandola (local dialect: La Miràndla) is a city and comune of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, in the Province of Modena, 31 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of the provincial capital by railway.

History[edit]

Mirandola originated as a Renaissance city-fortress. For four centuries it was the seat of a independent principality (first a county, then a duchy), a possession of the Pico family, whose most outstanding member was the polymath Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463–94). It was besieged two times: in 1510 and 1551.

It was acquired by the Duchy of Modena in 1710. The city started to decay after the castle was destroyed in 1714.

On May 29, 2012, a powerful earthquake hit the Mirandola area. It killed at least 17 people and collapsed churches and factories. Also 200 were injured. The 5.8 magnitude quake left 14,000 people homeless.[2]

Main sights[edit]

  • The Palazzo del Comune is a 15th-century edifice of Gothic style. The castle of the Pico family has been recently restored and it is now open to the public.
  • Palazzo della Ragione, in late Gothic style.
  • Palazzo Bergomi (15th century)
  • Palazzo Comunale (1468, largely restored in the 19th century), with the portraits of the Pico and other artworks, including an Adoration of the Magi once attributed to Palma il Giovane.
  • The cathedral, dating from the end of the 15th century, has been restored. S. Francesco is a fine Gothic church. It houses the tombs of the Pico family, including that of Prendiparte Pico (14th century). Collapsed during the second of the 2012 Emilia earthquakes.
  • The Baroque Church of the Gesù (1690).
  • The 15th century Collegiata.

Twin cities[edit]

Sources[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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