Conza della Campania

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Conza della Campania
Comune di Conza della Campania
The new settlement, built after the 1980 earthquake.
The new settlement, built after the 1980 earthquake.
Coat of arms of Conza della Campania
Coat of arms
Conza della Campania is located in Italy
Conza della Campania
Conza della Campania
Location of Conza della Campania in Italy
Coordinates: 40°52′N 15°20′E / 40.867°N 15.333°E / 40.867; 15.333Coordinates: 40°52′N 15°20′E / 40.867°N 15.333°E / 40.867; 15.333
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Avellino (AV)
 • Mayor Luigi Ciccone
 • Total 51.64 km2 (19.94 sq mi)
Elevation 594 m (1,949 ft)
Population (30 June 2017)
 • Total 1,345
 • Density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Conzani
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 83040
Dialing code 0827
ISTAT code 064030
Website Official website

Conza della Campania (or Conza di Campania; formerly called Compsa, commonly known as Conza (Campanian: Cònze)) is a comune (municipality) and former Latin Catholic (arch)bishopric in the province of Avellino in the region of Campania in southern Italy.


Early history[edit]

Compsa was an ancient city of the Hirpinin occupied by the Carthaginian conqueror Hannibal in 216 BC.

Medieval and modern history[edit]

During the Early Middle Ages it was a gastaldate in the Principality of Salerno. In 973 the gastald (city-bsed Lombard royal domain district adùinsitrator and judge) Landulf seized the principality.

Later it belonged to the Balvano, the Gesualdo and the Mirelli families.

Recent history[edit]

The town was almost completely destroyed by the 1980 Irpinia earthquake. It was rebuilt in the area called Piano delle Briglie, 8 kilometres (5 mi) from the former center. Conza della Campania is now a turistic attraction, since it can count among its territory the WWF Oasi, including the lake of Conza and the area outside, the biggest Oasi in Southern Italy. Conza della Campania has also about 10,000 visitors a year at its Archeological site, Compsa, discovered after the earthquake of 1980 that destroyed the old town. The only activity working today in the old Conza is the restaurant " Zia Michelina ", from which there is a wonderful view of the lake and all the area of Alta Irpinia.

Main sights[edit]

The main church is the Concattedrale (co-cathedral) of S. Maria Assunta. Other sights include the archaeological area of Compsa and the natural oasis of Lake Conza, an artificial basin on the Ofanto river.

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