geographical name \ˈbre-shä, ˈbrā-\

Definition of BRESCIA

commune N Italy in E Lombardy ENE of Milan pop 194,697

Variants of BRESCIA

Bre·scia or ancient Brix·ia \ˈbrik-sē-ə\


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2001 prelim.: 187,865), Lombardy region, northern Italy. Originally a Celtic stronghold, it was occupied by the Romans c. 200 BC and became the seat of a Roman colony in 27 BC. It was devastated by the Goths (AD 412) and plundered by Attila (452). It was a free city from 936 to 1426. It passed to Venice, France, and Austria before being united with Italy in 1860. Historic structures include Roman ruins and 11th- and 17th-century cathedrals. The art treasures in its numerous churches include works by painters of the 15th- and 16th-century Brescia school.

Variants of BRESCIA

Brescia ancient Brixia


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