Monte Sant'Angelo

Monte Sant'Angelo
Comune
Comune di Monte Sant'Angelo
Shrine of St Michael
Shrine of St Michael
Coat of arms of Monte Sant'Angelo
Coat of arms
Monte Sant'Angelo is located in Italy
Monte Sant'Angelo
Monte Sant'Angelo
Location of Monte Sant'Angelo in Italy
Coordinates: 41°42′N 15°58′E / 41.700°N 15.967°E / 41.700; 15.967Coordinates: 41°42′N 15°58′E / 41.700°N 15.967°E / 41.700; 15.967
CountryItaly
RegionApulia
ProvinceFoggia (FG)
FrazioniMarina di Monte Sant’Angelo (Macchia), Ruggiano
Government
 • MayorPierpaolo d'Arienzo
Area
 • Total242 km2 (93 sq mi)
Elevation796 m (2,612 ft)
Population (28 February 2017)[1]
 • Total12,303
 • Density51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Montanari
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code71037
Dialing code0884
Patron saintSt. Michael
Saint daySeptember 29
WebsiteOfficial website
UNESCO World Heritage site
Official nameThe Sanctuary of San Michele
Part ofLongobards in Italy: Places of the Power (568–774 A.D.)
CriteriaCultural: (ii)(iii)(vi)
Reference1318-007
Inscription2011 (35th Session)
Area0.31 ha (0.77 acres)
Buffer zone306.22 ha (756.7 acres)

Monte Sant'Angelo (Foggiano: Mónde) is a town and comune of Apulia, southern Italy, in the province of Foggia, on the southern slopes of Monte Gargano.

History[]

Monte Sant'Angelo as a town appeared only in the 11th century. Between 1081 and 1103, Monte Sant'Angelo was the capital of a large Norman dominion under the control of Count Henry, who was a vassal of the Byzantine Empire. The grotto which houses the Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel where according to legend, St. Michael appeared in 490, 492 and 493, has been the site of many famous pilgrimages, which started from Mont Saint-Michel. Pope John Paul II visited the sanctuary in 1987.

In the 17th century the city became part of the Kingdom of Naples, to which it belonged until the unification of Italy in 1861.

Main sights[]

The most important attraction of Monte Sant'Angelo is the Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo, built in the 13th century by Charles I of Anjou. On June 25, 2011 the World Heritage Committee added the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo in Monte Sant'Angelo to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Sanctuary is one of the seven groups of historic buildings included in the World Heritage Site "Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.)".

Other sights of Monte Sant'Angelo include:

Economy[]

Monte Sant'Angelo's economy is still largely based on agriculture and breeding. A certain tourist importance is related to the presence of the Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel.

Employment[]

The majority of the working population own farmland, raise cattle, run bakeries, restaurants, or stores. Often stores and businesses are family owned.

The population of Monte Sant'Angelo remains relatively small due to lack of employment in town. Often, young men leave to find work in nearby Manfredonia or elsewhere. Due to this the majority of the population is retired and elderly.

Transportation[]

Monte Sant'Angelo can be reached by road through the Foggia-Monte Sant'Angelo SP.55 provincial road. The SP.89 provincial road passes through the frazione of Macchia.

International relations[]

Monte Sant'Angelo is twinned with:

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ Monte Santangelo – Il castello

External links[]