Valenzano, Apulia

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Valenzano
Comune
Comune di Valenzano
Coat of arms of Valenzano
Coat of arms
Valenzano is located in Italy
Valenzano
Valenzano
Location of Valenzano in Italy
Coordinates: 41°3′N 16°53′E / 41.050°N 16.883°E / 41.050; 16.883
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Bari (BA)
Frazioni San Lorenzo
Government
 • Mayor Antonio Lomoro
Area
 • Total 15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 18,305
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Valenzanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 70010
Dialing code 080
Patron saint St Roch, St Anthony of Padua
Saint day 15–16–17 August (St. Roch)
13 June (St. Anthony)
Website Official website

Valenzano is a town and comune in the province of Bari, in Apulia, Italy. It is home to several centers of scientific research, including Tecnopolis, one of the biggest of the Southern Italy in addition to The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB) part of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).

Sights include the All Saints' Church, a former 11th century abbey, and the late Renaissance church of St Roch. The baronial castle was reconstructed in 1870.

History[edit]

According to medieval historian Bonaventura da Lama, Valenzano was founded by a Greek man, named Valentinian or Valentian, who arrived in Apulia in the 8th-9th century escaping an invasion of Saracens. Historically, the area was inhabited in prehistoric and early historic times (up to 4th century BC) by the Peucetii, of Illyrian origins, as testified by funerary findings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from ISTAT

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