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Coordinates: 39°21′29″N 16°12′41″E / 39.35806°N 16.21139°E / 39.35806; 16.21139
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Arcavacata is located in Italy
Location of Arcavacata in Italy
Coordinates: 39°21′29″N 16°12′41″E / 39.35806°N 16.21139°E / 39.35806; 16.21139
Region Calabria
ProvinceCosenza (CS)
320 m (1,050 ft)
 • Total1,831
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code(+39) 0984
Patron saintOur Lady of Consolation
Saint dayEaster Monday

Arcavacata (Italian pronunciation: [arkaˈvaːkata]) is an Italian hamlet (frazione) of the municipality of Rende in the province of Cosenza, Calabria. Its population is 1,831.[1]



The name Arcavacata comes from an ancient fortress-lookout Arce-vocata ("arx suited"), which is found in some papal documents of the Middle Ages. There's also legendary event located a few centuries after today.

On a rainy, windy winter night, a blind man and a lame man walked down the street in search of shelter. Suddenly a light illuminated the two patients and a voice ordered them to dig. Listened to the voice, the light led their way. While digging, they realized they were touching an arch and under the arch something particular stopped them. The light became more intense, it illuminated everything and so the blind man saw and the lame began to walk. The voice told them that they were healed and that a church should be built in that place. What they had found was a painting depicting the Holy Mother with baby Jesus. The church was erected and the picture was placed above the altar (it is still there today). Dug out of an arch, the picture gave its name to the place where it was found: Arcavacata. The painting is from the 14th century and is of perennial devotion to the Mother of Consolation by the inhabitants of Arcavacata.



The village is located on the hills north of the urban area of Cosenza, close to Quattromiglia and 4 km (2.5 miles) from Rende.[2]



The hamlet of Arcavacata is famous because in its territory there is the University of Calabria, the largest campus in Italy.[3] In the historical centre there are a lot of ancient construction like houses and old palaces: for example the important palace of the noble family Magdalone[4] of Rende.

The most important historical place is the Church of Our Lady of Consolation, built in the historical centre of Arcavacata in the second middle of the 19th century. It's an ancient church with a lot of painting and sculptures. It's the Parish Church of Arcavacata and near Santo Stefano Hamlet.


See also



  1. ^ a b (in Italian) Infos on italia.indettaglio.it
  2. ^ 1377317017 Arcavacata on OpenStreetMap
  3. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  4. ^ "Famiglia Magdalone o Maddalone". www.nobili-napoletani.it. Retrieved 2022-12-29.

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