Villar San Costanzo
|Villar San Costanzo|
|Comune di Villar San Costanzo|
|Province||Province of Cuneo (CN)|
|Frazioni||Morra, Artesio, Rivoira|
|• Total||19.5 km2 (7.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||605 m (1,985 ft)|
|Population (Aug. 2007)|
|• Density||76/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Villar San Costanzo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 70 km southwest of Turin and about 15 km northwest of Cuneo. As of 31 August 2007, it had a population of 1,474 and an area of 19.5 km².
Sights to see in Villar San Costanzo include the natural reserve known as Ciciu del Villar; the Abbey built in early 700 AD; and the very ancient church of San Costanzo al Monte, a stunning example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture dating back to the 12th century. The town takes its name from Saint Constantius, a soldier of the Theban Legion, who is said to have been beheaded at the spot now occupied by the sanctuary of San Costanzo al Monte. The local geologic formation known as Ciciu del Villar, which are columns formed by natural erosion, was connected with Constantius' legend: the stones are said to be the Roman soldiers sent to kill him, who were miraculously petrified before they could harm the saint.
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- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- Arduino, Fabio (October 27, 2005). "San Costanzo e compagni". Santi e Beati. Retrieved December 28, 2008.