Voghera

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Voghera
Città di Voghera
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The Cathedral of Voghera.
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Voghera
Voghera (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 44°59′33″N09°00′33″E / 44.99250°N 9.00917°E / 44.99250; 9.00917 Coordinates: 44°59′33″N09°00′33″E / 44.99250°N 9.00917°E / 44.99250; 9.00917
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Pavia (PV)
Frazioni Medassino, Oriolo, Valle, Torremenapace, Campoferro
Government
  MayorCarlo Barbieri (special commissioner)
Area
[1]
  Total63 km2 (24 sq mi)
Elevation
96 m (315 ft)
Population
 (28 February 2017) [2]
  Total39,374 
Demonym(s) Vogheresi or Iriensi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
27058
Dialing code 0383
Patron saint Saint Bobo
Saint dayFirst Friday before Ascension
Website Official website
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The Castle of Voghera in a 19th-century etching.

Voghera (Vogherese dialect of Emilian: Vughera; Latin: Forum Iulii Iriensium) is a town and comune in the Province of Pavia in the Italian region Lombardy. The population was 39,374 as of 2017. It is the third most populated town in the province, after Pavia and Vigevano. It is located 30 km south-southwest of that city, on the Staffora (a tributary of the Po).

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It is the main town of Oltrepò Pavese, and is an important rail and road hub as well as a renowned wine producer.

History

Known in ancient times as Iria, the town took its name from the river on which it was situated. It was on the road from Piacenza to Dertona , and was made a colony by Augustus (colonia Forum Iulium Iriensium). [3]

In the 1st century CE, it was destroyed by the Rugii, and it is next mentioned as Viqueria (contracted from vicus Iriae, Iria's village) in the 10th century. After several lordships, it was acquired by the House of Savoy in 1743 with the Concordat of Worms. Five years later it became provincial capital and received the city status.

In 1800, the troops of Napoleon occupied the town and set his headquarters in the Palazzo Dattili for the battle of Montebello. In 1805 it became part of the département of Genoa; after the French defeat in 1814, it was captured by the Austrians, who handed it over to the Piedmontese. In 1860 it was included in the province of Pavia.

During World War II, the town was heavily bombed by the Allies because of its strategic position on the roads Milan-Genoa and Turin-Bologna.

On May 31, 1962, it was the location of a railway disaster that killed 62 people.

Main sights

The Historic Museum houses, among the others, the personal A112 car of General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, killed by the Mafia in 1982, and the weapon that allegedly killed Benito Mussolini.

Transport

Voghera railway station, opened in 1858, forms part of the Alessandria–Piacenza railway, and is also an important node of the railway from Milan to Genoa. Due to its strategic position, the station is an important trading node, and one of the major railway stations in Italy's north-west.

The term "Voghera housewife" (Casalinga di Voghera) is often used in the media, political discourse and even in common parlance as a reference to the average, stereotypical, somewhat lower-middle class person, voter or consumer. It is not a disparaging term, but refers to an average person who – despite not being very educated or sophisticated – with hard work and self-sacrifice is trying to raise a family as best as possible.

People

Twin cities

See also

Notes

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Voghera". Encyclopædia Britannica . 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 171.

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