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Viterbo



Introduction of Viterbo
City and capital of Viterbo province, Latium region,42 mi NNW of Rome. Originally inhabited by Etruscans,it was captured by the Romans c. 310 b.c. Inthe 11th century it was given to the papacy by CountessMatilda of Tuscany. In 1145 Pope Eugenius IIIfled here for safety, and from 1257 it was the residenceof several popes. Five popes were elected here.It declined in importance when the papacy moved toAvignon in 1309. Most of the city was destroyedduring World War II, but it has recovered.City and capital of Viterbo province, Latium region,42 mi NNW of Rome. Originally inhabited by Etruscans,it was captured by the Romans c. 310 b.c. Inthe 11th century it was given to the papacy by CountessMatilda of Tuscany. In 1145 Pope Eugenius IIIfled here for safety, and from 1257 it was the residenceof several popes. Five popes were elected here.It declined in importance when the papacy moved toAvignon in 1309. Most of the city was destroyedduring World War II, but it has recovered.

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