Abbiategrasso

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Abbiategrasso
Biegràss  (Lombard)
Comune
Comune di Abbiategrasso
Visconti Castle.
Visconti Castle.
Coat of arms of Abbiategrasso
Coat of arms
Abbiategrasso within the Province of Milan
Abbiategrasso within the Province of Milan
Abbiategrasso is located in Italy
Abbiategrasso
Abbiategrasso
Location of Abbiategrasso in Italy
Coordinates: 45°24′N 08°55′E / 45.400°N 8.917°E / 45.400; 8.917Coordinates: 45°24′N 08°55′E / 45.400°N 8.917°E / 45.400; 8.917
CountryItaly
RegionLombardy
Metropolitan cityMilan (MI)
Government
 • MayorFrancesco Cesare Nai
Area
 • Total47.78 km2 (18.45 sq mi)
Elevation120 m (390 ft)
Population (30 November 2017)[1]
 • Total32,784
 • Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Abbiatensi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code20081
Dialing code02
Patron saintSaint Rose of Lima
Saint day23 August
WebsiteOfficial website

Abbiategrasso, formerly written Abbiate Grasso[2] (local Lombard: Biegràss [bjeˈɡras]; Milanese: Biaa [ˈbjɑː]), is a comune and town in the Metropolitan City of Milan, Lombardy, northern Italy, situated in the Po valley approximately 22 kilometres (14 miles) from Milan and 38 kilometres (24 miles) from Pavia.

History[edit]

The town dates from Roman times. Its name indicates that it was part of a territory known as "'the fertile valley": a document of 1304 referring to the Habiate qui dicitur Grasso, a title which gradually became transformed into Abbiategrasso.

Abbiategrasso received the honorary title of city with a royal decree of 31 March 1932.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Visconti Castle (Italian: Castello Visconteo), built in 1382 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti above a pre-existing 13th-century fortification. It was enlarged and decorated by Filippo Maria Visconti after 1438. It has a quadrangular plan with angular towers, and the interior has Renaissance frescoes and graffiti. The central court has a portico.
  • Basilica church of Santa Maria Nuova, built in 1388 to celebrate the birth of Gian Galeazzo Visconti's son. It is preceded by a Renaissance portico and as un unfinished façade (1497), whose pronaos is attributed to Donato Bramante.
  • Baroque church of San Bernardino (17th century)
  • 15th century Casa Albini

Twin towns[edit]

Abbiategrasso is twinned with the following towns:

People[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from Istat
  2. ^ "Abbiate Grasso", Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. I, 1878, p. 22.

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