Gais, South Tyrol
Comune di Gais
|Province / Metropolitan city||South Tyrol (BZ)|
|Frazioni||Lanebach (Lana di Gais), Mühlbach (Riomolino), Tesselberg (Montassilone) and Uttenheim (Villa Ottone)|
|• Mayor||Christian Gartner|
|• Total||60.3 km2 (23.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||841 m (2,759 ft)|
|Population (Nov. 2010)|
|• Density||52/km2 (140/sq mi)|
Italian: di Gais
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Gais (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡais]; German pronunciation: [ˈgaɪ̯s]) is a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-east of the city of Bolzano.
As of 30 November 2010, it had a population of 3,162 and an area of 60.3 km2 (23.3 sq mi).
Gais is one of the three communes of South Tyrol whose name, for the reason of sounding "romance", remained unchanged by the early 20th century renaming programme which aimed at replacing mostly German place names with Italianised versions, the other two being Plaus and Lana.
The municipality of Gais contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Lanebach (Lana di Gais), Mühlbach (Riomolino), Tesselberg (Montassilone) and Uttenheim (Villa Ottone).
The emblem is party per bend or and azure with two bendlets azure; the remaining field represents a sable eagle with a halo and the head facing left. The eagle symbolizes John the Evangelist which the parish church is dedicated and the two azure bendlets the two castles Kehlburg and Neuhaus. The emblem was adopted in 1956.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Gais is twinned with:
- Coburg, Germany
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- Olt, Reinhard (28 September 2000). "Am Eisack (Isarco) und an der Etsch (Adige) Namen in Südtirol wecken nationale Leidenschaften". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
- Heraldry of the World: Gais
- "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
- (German) (Italian) Homepage of the municipality
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