|Città di Voghera|
|Frazioni||Medassino, Oriolo, Valle, Torremenapace, Campoferro|
|• Mayor||Carlo Barbieri (PdL)|
|• Total||63 km2 (24 sq mi)|
|Elevation||96 m (315 ft)|
|Population (31 October 2010)|
|• Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Demonym||Vogheresi or Iriensi|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Bovo|
|Saint day||First Friday before Ascension|
The neighbourhood produces much silk, in which, as well as in corn and wine, an active trade is carried on.
Known in ancient times as Iria, it took its name from the river on which it was situated. It was on the road from Piacenza to Dertona, and was made a colony by Augustus (colonia Forum Iulium Iriensium).
In the 1st century CE it was destroyed by the Rugii, and it is next mentioned as Viqueria (contracted from vicus Iriae, Iria's village) in the 10th century. After several lordships, it was acquired by the House of Savoy in 1743 with the Concordat of Worms. Five years later it became provincial capital and received the city status.
In 1800 it was occupied by the troops of Napoleon, who set his headquarters in the Palazzo Dattili for the battle of Montebello. In 1805 it became part of the département of Genoa; after the French defeat in 1814, it was captured by the Austrians, who handed it over to the Piedmontese. In 1860 it was included in the province of Pavia.
On May 31, 1962, it was the location of a railway disaster that killed 62 people.
- The Castle, erected by the Visconti in 1335-1372.The castle of Voghera is quoted, in her historical reconstruction, by Carla Glori, (in her book "Enigma Leonardo: decifrazioni e scoperte",Cappello publisher 2011), because in 1489 it was given as a dowry to Bianca Giovanna Sforza, (that she identifies as La Gioconda by Leonardo, portrayed in the Malaspina-Dal Verme castle, rising in the neighbouring Bobbio), in consequence of the poisoning of Pietro del Verme by order of Ludovico il Moro (1485).
- Palazzo Gounela, the current Town Hall.
- The large Cathedral of Saint Lawrence dates from the 11th century, but was remodelled in the Baroque style about the beginning of the 17th.
- The church of St. Joseph, with a noteworthy Baroque façade.
- The suppressed church of Sant'Ilario, also known as Tempio alla Cavalleria or Chiesa Rossa ("Cavalry Temple" or "Red Church"), so called from the red colour of the brick of which it is built. It dates from the 8th-10th centuries.
Voghera railway station, opened in 1858, forms part of the Alessandria–Piacenza railway, and is also an important node of the railway from Milan to Genoa. Due to its strategic position, the station is an important trading node, and one of the major railway stations in Italy's north-west.
- Fashion designer Valentino Garavani, best known simply as Valentino.
- Mauro Nespoli, archer of the Italian National Team.
- Futurist painter Ambrogio Casati.
- Italian boxer world and Olimpyc champion Giovanni Parisi
- Computer art pioneer Aldo Giorgini.
- The housewife from Voghera (Italian: casalinga di Voghera) is a stereotypical figure representing the average housewife.
- Writers Alberto Arbasino, Carolina Invernizio, and Alessandro Maragliano.
- Watchmaker Giovanni Sordi
- The Maserati Brothers, automobile engineers
- Sandro Bolchi, cinema director
- Giovanni Plana, astronomer
- Armando Sgarella, boxer and naif painter (1921-1991)
- Federico Sandi, Motorcycle racer
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Voghera". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
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