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Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
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Cosenza

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Towards the backcountry, midway between the sea and the more contoured landscapes further inland, are the two hearts of Cosenza. The first of these is the more modern part of town. It is sprawled out at the foot of Pancrazio, the hillside up which the second, deeply historical part of town, is rooted. Cosenza is the sum of its historical parts in a land inhabited by people of various origins. After first being settled by the Bruttii, it was taken over by the Romans and subsequently ceded to Byzantine and Saracen influence. Cosenza was later conquered by the Normans and finally fought over by the Angevins and the Aragonians. The Norman castle, whose partial remains can be seen at the top of the hill, was home over the years to the lords of various dynasties, who used it both as a defensive fort and also as a palace. In the centre of this part of town, inside the gothic Cistercian cathedral, lies the tomb of Isabella of Aragon, wife of the French King, Philip III. San Domenico Church, which is located on Piazza Campanella square, conceals a rich and lavish interior behind its gothic facade.

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