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Comune di Polistena
Polistena is located in Italy
Location of Polistena in Italy
Coordinates: 38°24′N 16°4′E / 38.400°N 16.067°E / 38.400; 16.067Coordinates: 38°24′N 16°4′E / 38.400°N 16.067°E / 38.400; 16.067
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Province of Reggio Calabria (RC)
Frazioni Primogenito
 • Mayor Michele Tripodi (PdCI)
 • Total 11.7 km2 (4.5 sq mi)
Elevation 254 m (833 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)[1]
 • Total 11,591
 • Density 990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Demonym Polistenesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 89024
Dialing code 0966
Patron saint Maria Vergine
Saint day July 17
Website Official website

Polistena (Greek: Polyxene, Polysthene) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Reggio Calabria in the Italian region Calabria, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southwest of Catanzaro and about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Reggio Calabria. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 11,488 and an area of 11.7 square kilometres (4.5 sq mi).[1]

Polistena borders the following municipalities: Anoia, Cinquefrondi, Cittanova, Melicucco, San Giorgio Morgeto.


Of uncertain historical origins, Polistena is a territory inhabited since the time of prehistory. From the remains found, it appears to be the territory of transit of Locresi that reached the territory of Medma that had become their colony. During the period of control by the family Milano Franco D'Aragona, Polistena saw a flourishing period rich in historical monuments as the Palazzo Marchionale as well as numerous monasteries such as the Capuchin or Clarisse and the convent of friars Minimum. During the year 1783 Polistena was devastated by a violent earthquake that razed to the ground most of the city and killed more than 2000 people. Their corpses were placed under the floor of the town's churches. Thanks to Neapolitan architect, Pompey Schiantarelli, the city was rebuilt quickly creating an urban center from having characterized in the upper part of the city major palaces and noble houses birthplace of many artists like Francis Jerace.


Polistena presents the monument to the Fallen by Francesco Jerace site in Piazza del Popolo. Massive is the Palazzo Avati site in the same square. In its facade is a portal where there is a mask apotropaica.and more

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Polistena is twinned with:

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  1. ^ a b All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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