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Cosenza, Calibria, Italia


Notes: Cosenza is a city in Calabria, southern Italy, located at the confluence of two rivers: the Busento and the Crathis. The city core has a population of 72,000, whereas the urban area counts almost 200,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the province of Cosenza.
Thanks to its cultural past, the city is also known as the Athens of Calabria. The Cosentian Academy, for example, was one of the very first academies to be founded in Italy (1511). To this day, Cosenza remains an important artistic and cultural centre with several museums, numerous libraries, traditional and experimental theatres, and the near-by University of Calabria.
"To call the town picturesque is to use an inadequate word," wrote George Gissing in his 1901 travelogue, By The Ionian Sea. "At every step, from the opening of the main street at the hill foot up to the stern medieval castle crowning its height, one marvels and admires."
Cosenza, the ancient capital of the Italic tribe of the Bruttii, was a bulwark of the Italic people against the Hellenic influences of the Ionians. Over the centuries it maintained a distinctive character which marked it out among the inner cities of the region. Later, under the Emperor Augustus, Cosenza became an important stopover on the Roman via Popilia, which connected Calabria with ports to Sicily. During the Roman empire, although a colony, the town benefited from municipal privileges. Cosenza belonged to the III Region of the Western Roman Empire until its fall, therefore its destiny was strictly connected with the history of Rome.
Legend of King Alaric
In 410 AD Alaric, king of the Visigoths, captured the great city of Rome and became the first foreign enemy to capture this city in over 800 years. When he left Rome, Alaric had amassed a great amount of treasure from his conquest of the city. As legend has it, Alaric left Rome and headed south with his troops. When they reached the area of Cosenza, he died. No one is for certain as to how…


City/Town : Latitude: 39.3, Longitude: 16.25


Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 d' Anjou, Lodewijk  12 November 1434Cosenza, Calibria, Italia I96843
2 van Aragon, Isabella  28 January 1271Cosenza, Calibria, Italia I30126
3 der Visigoten, Alaric  410Cosenza, Calibria, Italia I434218


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Buried    Person ID 
1 d' Anjou, Lodewijk  Cosenza, Calibria, Italia I96843


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