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Ancona
Comune
Città di Ancona
Aerial view of Ancona
Aerial view of Ancona
Coat of arms of Ancona
Coat of arms
Location of Ancona in Italy
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province Ancona (AN)
Area
 • Total 124.84 km2 (48.20 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Highest elevation 572 m (1,877 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)
 • Total 100,861
 • Density 807.92/km2 (2,092.51/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Anconetani, Anconitani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 60100, from 60121 to 60129, 60131
Dialing code 071
Patron saint Judas Cyriacus
Saint day 4 May
Website Official website

Ancona (Greek: Ἀγκών - Ankon (elbow)) is a comune and a seaport in the Marche region, in central Italy. Ancona is the capital of the province of Ancona and of the region.

Ancona is one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea, especially for passenger traffic, and is the main economic and demographic centre of the region.

Geography

Ancona is on the Adriatic Sea. It is the center of the province and the capital of the region. The city is 289 km (179.6 mi) northeast of Rome. The town is between Monte Conero, Monte Astagno and Monte Guasco.

Ancona has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa in the Köppen climate classification).

The comune borders with the following comuniː Agugliano, Camerano, Camerata Picena, Falconara Marittima, Offagna, Osimo, Polverigi, Sirolo.

Population

As of 31 December  2015 (2015 -12-31), there are 100,861 persons living in the comune, for a population density of 807.9 inhabitants/km².

Buildings

  • The Cathedral of Ancona, dedicated to St Cyriacus, was consecrated at the beginning of the 11th century and completed in 1189. It is a fine Romanesque building in grey stone, built in the form of a Greek cross, and other elements of Byzantine art. It has a 12-sided dome over the center slightly altered by Margaritone d'Arezzo in 1270. The interior, which has a crypt under each transept, in the main preserves its original character. It has ten columns which are attributed to the temple of Venus, and there are good screens of the 12th century, and other sculptures. The church was carefully restored in the 1980s.
  • The marble Arch of Trajan, 18 m (59 ft) high, was erected in 114/115 as an entrance to the causeway atop the harbor wall in honor of the emperor who had made the harbor, is one of the finest Roman monuments in the Marche.
  • The Lazzaretto planned by architect Luigi Vanvitelli in 1732 is a pentagonal building covering more than 20,000 m², It is currently used for cultural exhibits.
  • The Episcopal Palace was the place where Pope Pius II died in 1464.
  • The Palazzo del Comune, with its lofty arched substructures at the back, was the work of Margaritone d'Arezzo, but has been restored twice.
  • Church of San Francesco alle Scale

There are also several fine late Gothic buildings, including the Palazzo Benincasa, the Palazzo del Senato and the Loggia dei Mercanti, all by Giorgio da Sebenico, and the Palazzo del Governo, which has Renaissance additions.

Twinned and partner towns

Ancona is twinned with:

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