Cortemaggiore (Piacentino: Curtmagiùr) is an Italian comune located in the Province of Piacenza. Cortemaggiore is located in northern Italy about 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Milan and 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Bologna, in the Pianura Padana. The municipality borders Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Villanova sull'Arda, Besenzone, San Pietro in Cerro, Caorso, Pontenure and Cadeo.
|Comune di Cortemaggiore|
"Nihil sanctius quam recta fides cum sororibus associata" (Nothing is holier than a true faith combined with other virtues)
|Coordinates: 45°0′N 9°56′E / 45.000°N 9.933°ECoordinates: 45°0′N 9°56′E / 45.000°N 9.933°E|
|Province||Province of Piacenza (PC)|
|Frazioni||Chiavenna Landi and San Martino in Olza|
|• Mayor||Gianluigi Repetti (Casa delle Libertà)|
|• Total||36 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||50 m (160 ft)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Demonym||Cortemaggioresi or Magiostrini|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence)|
|Saint day||August 10|
|Website||Comune di Cortemaggiore |
The town was founded in 1479 by the Pallavicino family, over an old Roman habitation, which had been the capital of the ancient Stato Pallavicino. In 1949 the Italian entrepreneur Enrico Mattei discovered in Cortemaggiore's subsoil an important oilfield; with this oil a gasoline called Supercortemaggiore was produced, the only one refined from Italian oil.
The municipality's motto is Nihil sanctius quam recta fides cum sororibus associata - "Nothing is holier than a true faith combined with other virtues."
Among the religious edifices in the town are the following:
- Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie or Collegiata: built in Gothic style, it was once the town's cathedral and still its main church. The interior conserves a valued polyptych, composed of twelve pieces by Filippo Mazzola, the father of Parmigianino.
- San Giovanni: a church built in 1625-1630 and frescoed by Robert de Longe in 1705
- Annunziata (Church of the Annunciation): built in 1487, it houses two works by Il Pordenone, an Immaculate Conception and a Deposition from the Cross. Next to the church, there is a monastery with a cloister of 40 metres on all sides.
- San Giuseppe: built 1576-1593 by the brotherhood of San Giuseppe, and subsequently decorated with stuccoes by Bernardo Barca and Domenico Dossi in 1697-1701
- Oratory of San Lorenzo: built in 1666.
- Oratory of San Giovanni: started in 1625 by the confraternity of SS Sacramento.
- Santa Maria delle Grazie fuori le mura or Madonnina: built by the priest Anotonio Bovarini in 1661.
Notable people born in CortemaggioreEdit
- Ranuccio II Farnese (1630–94), Duke of Parma and Piacenza
- Lorenzo Respighi (1824–89), mathematician, philosopher
- Giuseppe Manfredi (1828–1918), patriot and President of the Italian Senate from 1908 to 1918, during the years of World War I
- Franco Fabrizi (1926–95), actor
"The Deposition", by Il Pordenone.
- ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.