Chieti

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Chieti is a city in Abruzzo.

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(1991 pop. 55,876), capital of Chieti prov., Abruzzi region, central Italy, on the Pescara River, near the Adriatic Sea. It is a commercial and industrial center. Manufactures include textiles, clothing, fabricated metals, and construction materials. The city occupies the site of the Roman Teate Marrucinorum, of which ruins remain. Chieti was in the duchy of Benevento (7th cent.), fell to the Normans (1078), and thereafter was in the kingdom of Naples. It has a fine Romanesque cathedral (11th cent.), a 14th-century tower, and a university. The order of the Theatine Brothers (founded 1524) takes its name from the ancient Roman town.

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As Theate Marrucinorum, Chieti was the chief town of the Marrucini, the whole of whose territory was placed under its municipal jurisdiction by the Romans, after the Social War. During the World War II Chieti, as it was not bombed because declared Open City (like Rome), welcomed many refugees from the near towns and villages.

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Chieti is a city in central Italy, 200 km northeast of Rome. It is the capital of the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region. Chieti lies on a crest along the Pescara River a few kilometers away from the Adriatic Sea, and with the Maiella and Gran Sasso mountains in the background.

  • San Giustino. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Justin of Chieti (died 540). Bishop Atto I consecrated it in 1069, but its appearance has changed through the centuries. In the crypt there are the relics of Saint Justin.  edit
  • Chiesa di San Francesco al Corso. Franciscans founded this church in 1239. It is considered the second most important one after the cathedral. At the moment people cannot visit it due to damage from the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.  edit
  • National Archeological Museum of Abruzzo Villa Frigerj. The rooms of the museum are dedicated to: Burial cults in pre-Roman Abruzzo / Italic sculpture / The Capestrano Warrior / The Pansa collection / The Sanctuary of Hercules Curinus at Sulmona / The Numismatic collection / Roman Iconography in Abruzzo.  edit
  • National Archeological Museum of Abruzzo La Civitella. The museum is located in an important archeological site, where the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre were found.  edit
  • Villa Comunale. It became the civic park when Baron Frigerj sold his mansion to Chieti in 1864. The neoclassical Villa Frigerj is now the home of the homonymous museum.  edit
  • Marrucino Theatre. The civic theatre was built in 1818 to become a cultural symbol of the town.  edit
  • Good Friday Procession. It may be the oldest procession in Italy. The Good Friday Procession is organized by the Mount of the Dead Brotherhood  edit

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Under the church of SS. Pietro e Paolo and the adjoining houses are extensive substructures (in opus reticulatum and brickwork) of the 1st century CE, belonging to a building erected by M. Vectius Marcellus (probably mentioned by Pliny, H.N., II., 199) and Helvidia Priscilla. There are also remains of large reservoirs and of an ancient theatre. New excavations are currently under way on the site of the former Campo Sportivo.

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