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Cosenza(kōzān`tsä), city (1991 pop. 86,664), capital of Cosenza prov., Calabria, S Italy, at the confluence of the Busento and Crati rivers. It is an agricultural and secondary industrial center. Manufactures, produced mainly by individual artisans, include textiles and furniture. The chief city of the ancient Brutii, it was taken by the Romans in 204 B.C. According to tradition, Alaric I (c.A.D. 370–410), the Visigothic king, was buried in the bed of the Busento at Cosenza. The city has suffered from numerous earthquakes. A castle built by Emperor Frederick II dominates the old part of the city.
a city in Southern Italy, in the Crati valley, at the foot of the wooded mountains of the Sila highland, in Calabria. Cosenza is the administrative center of the province of Cosenza. Population, 97,600 (1970). Wood products are made here; other industries are food, metalworking, garment, paper, and ceramics. There are remains of Roman fortifications in Cosenza. The city is also the site of a Norman castle (extended by Emperor Frederick II in the first half of the 13th century), the Gothic church of San Francesco (early 13th century), and a cathedral (1185–1222; rebuilt in the 18th century; neo-Gothic facade, 1831); inside the cathedral is the tomb of Isabella of Aragon (late 13th century).