Ghilarza

Ghilarza (Sardinian: Ilàrtzi) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Oristano in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Cagliari and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of Oristano.

Ghilarza

Ilartzi
Comune di Ghilarza
Panorama
Panorama
Coat of arms of Ghilarza
Coat of arms
Location of Ghilarza
Ghilarza is located in Italy
Ghilarza
Ghilarza
Location of Ghilarza in Sardinia
Ghilarza is located in Sardinia
Ghilarza
Ghilarza
Ghilarza (Sardinia)
Coordinates: 40°7′N 8°50′E / 40.117°N 8.833°E / 40.117; 8.833
CountryItaly
RegionSardinia
ProvinceOristano (OR)
FrazioniZuri
Government
 • MayorAlessandro Marco Defrassu
Area
 • Total55.46 km2 (21.41 sq mi)
Population
 (31 August 2017[2])[3]
 • Total4,464
 • Density80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ghilarzesi
Ilartzesos
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
09074
Dialing code0785
Patron saintSt. Macarius
Saint day19 January
WebsiteOfficial website

Antonio Gramsci, political philosopher and founder of the Italian Communist Party, lived with his family in Ghilarza from about 1897 to 1908.

The ancestors of the American astronaut Wally Schirra were native of Ghilarza, before migrating to Switzerland and then to USA.[4][5]

The town's sights include the 13th century Romanesque church of San Palmerio, in white-black trachite, and the 15th century Aragonese Tower.

HistoryEdit

The foundation of the town dates back to the Nuragic period. Ghilarza then experienced Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine dominations. During the Middle Ages the town was part of Giudicato of Arborea, one of the Sardinian Kingdoms that gained effective independence from Byzantium.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: National Institute of Statistics (Italy) (Istat).
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Walter Marty Schirra su ti.ch/can/oltreconfiniti.
  5. ^ Corriere di Napoli, 4 ottobre 1962, pagina 5

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