|Comune di Afragola|
Afragola City Hall
|Metropolitan city||Naples (NA)|
|• Mayor||Claudio Grillo|
|• Total||17.9 km2 (6.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||43 m (141 ft)|
(28 February 2017)
|• Density||3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||St. Anthony of Padua|
|Saint day||June 13|
Afragola (Italian pronunciation: [afraˈɡoːla]; Neapolitan: Afravóla, Afragolese dialect: Afraóra [afraˈoːrə]) is a city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, in Italy. It is one of the 100 largest Italian cities (the ones that have a population of more than 63,000 inhabitants).
The communal territory, measuring 18 square kilometres (7 square miles), borders the municipalities of Acerra, Casalnuovo di Napoli, Caivano, Cardito and Casoria, forming a single metropolitan area of around 100,000 inhabitants. The comune of Afragola is one of the most densely populated of the country.
The are of modern Afragola was already settled in ancient times by the Samnites. Older remains, belonging to an early Bronze Age settlement buried by a Vesuvius eruption in the 19th century BC, were found in 2005.
he town was founded only in the Middle Ages: according to a tradition now recognized as false, in 1140 by Roger II of Sicily, who assigned the land to its veterans. It is more likely that the city stemmed from the merger of several villages and churches already existing here. The territory was originally held by the archbishops of Naples, but from 1576 it was directly subjected, as an autonomous community, to the Kings of Naples.
- Baroque sanctuary-basilica of St. Anthony's sanctuary-basilica. It was begun in 1633 and has a nave with two aisles, internally decorated with marbles. The bell tower was constructed from 1590.
- The castle, documented from 1495, was likely built from around 1420. According to the tradition, it was a residence of queen Joanna II of Naples. It currently houses a childhood school.
- Santa Maria d'Ajello : Church founded in 1190. It houses works by Giovan Angelo Criscuolo, Alessandro Viola (1695) and Angelo Mozzillo.
- San Marco in Sylvis Church built around 1179. On its external wall is a slab on which, according to the legend, once sat both St. Mark and San Gennaro.
- San Marco all'Olmo: Church built in 1615.
- Palazzo Migliore (17th century)
- San Giorgio Martire: Parish church built in 1695-1702
The public bus transport is managed by CTP, serving internal connections as well as to the nearby communes of Caserta, Naples and others.
Afragola is the seat of one of the largest camorra clans of the area, that led by Anna Mazza. In 1999 and 2005, the communal council was disbanded by rule of the President of Italian Republic due to mafia allegiance of some of its members.
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