14 Facts About Anagni


Anagni is an ancient town and comune in the province of Frosinone, Latium, central Italy, in the hills east-southeast of Rome.

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Anagni still maintains the appearance of a small medieval hill town, with small twisting streets and steep lanes.

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Anagni was an important city and spiritual centre of the Hernici.

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In Imperial times, many emperors spent their summers in Anagni to escape the heat of Rome, the most notable ones being Marcus Aurelius, Septimius Severus, Commodus, and Caracalla.

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Anagni has been a diocese, the seat of a bishop, since the 5th century.

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In one hundred years, Anagni produced four popes, three of them members of the Conti family.

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Anagni died in 1216, leaving the Church at the historical peak of its power.

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Anagni is connected to the events in the life of Boniface VIII, the fourth Pope to be born in the city, and a member of the powerful Caetani Family.

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Anagni was elected after the abdication of Celestine V, but opposed by French Cardinals and by the powerful Colonna Family.

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Transfer of the papal court to Avignon marked for Anagni the beginning of a long period of decline, which lasted through the entire 15th century.

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In 1556, Anagni became a battlefield in the conflict between Pope Paul IV and King Philip II of Spain, when it was besieged by the Spanish army under the Duke of Alba.

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Anagni was the summer residence of the popes until recently.

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Language, or dialect, of Anagni can be categorized as a Central Italian dialect, within the Central-Northern Latian area.

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The imperial crown above the crest and the imperial robe signifies Anagni was a famous and important residence of the Roman Emperors.

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