Mirandola
Comune di Mirandola
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Coat of arms of Mirandola
Location of Mirandola
Mirandola is located in Italy
Mirandola
Mirandola
Location of Mirandola in Italy
Mirandola is located in Emilia-Romagna
Mirandola
Mirandola
Mirandola (Emilia-Romagna)
Coordinates: 44°53′12″N 11°4′0″E / 44.88667°N 11.06667°E / 44.88667; 11.06667Coordinates: 44°53′12″N 11°4′0″E / 44.88667°N 11.06667°E / 44.88667; 11.06667
CountryItaly
RegionEmilia-Romagna
ProvinceModena
FrazioniCividale, Gavello, Mortizzuolo, Quarantoli, San Giacomo Roncole, San Martin Carano, San Martino Spino, Tramuschio
Government
 • MayorAlberto Greco
Area
 • Total137.1 km2 (52.9 sq mi)
Elevation
18 m (59 ft)
Population
 (2008)[2]
 • Total22,068
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Mirandolesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
41037
Dialing code0535
Patron saintSaint Possidonio
Saint day16 May
WebsiteOfficial website

Mirandola (Mirandolese: La Miràndla) is a city and comune of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, in the Province of Modena, 31 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of the provincial capital by railway.

History

Mirandola originated as a Renaissance city-fortress. For four centuries it was the seat of an independent principality (first a county, then a duchy), a possession of the Pico family, whose most outstanding member was the polymath Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463–94). It was besieged two times: in 1510 by Pope Julius II and in 1551 by Pope Julius III.

It was acquired by the Duchy of Modena in 1710. The city started to decay after the castle of Mirandola was partially destroyed in 1714.

On 29 May 2012, a powerful earthquake hit the Mirandola area. It killed at least 17 people and collapsed churches and factories. Also 200 were injured. The 5.8 magnitude quake left 14,000 people homeless.[3]

Main sights

Twin cities

Sources

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Mirandola". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.