Paganica is a hillside town in the province of L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo region of southern Italy. It is a frazione of the comune of L'Aquila (which is some 7 km far), and has a population of about 5,000.
The main square and the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Paganica
|Elevation||669 m (2,195 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
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An old Roman city, in 1254 its citizens took part in the foundation of L'Aquila by Manfred of Sicily. Until 1927 it was an autonomous municipality merged, with others, into L'Aquila.
On 6 April 2009, Paganica was severely damaged, with 70 percent of its buildings destroyed, as a result of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake. The earthquake's epicenter was along the road between L'Aquila and Paganica, Paganica being the closest town to the epicenter.:
- Sanctuary of Madonna d'Appari (14th century), built directly on the rock and characterized by precious frescoes from later centuries.
- The Romanesque Basilica of San Giustino (8th-12th centuries)
- Church of Santa Maria Assunta, of Franco-Lombard origin, rebuilt in the 17th century. The façade is from 1655.
- The Ducal Palace and the Gothic House (14th century) nearby.
- "Italy quake toll rises amid hunt for victims". news.yahoo.com. 7 April 2009. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- Hooper, John (7 April 2009). "Italy earthquake survivors face up to aftermath as death toll rises to 179". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- Wise, Ann; Ammu Kannampill (6 April 2009). "Devastation Sets In After Italy's Quake". abcnews.go.co. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
Media related to Paganica at Wikimedia Commons
- (in Italian) Website of Paganica