Milan

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Milan (in Italian Milano) is a large industrial and commercial city in northern Italy. It is also the center of the Italian fashion industry. The population of the city is 1,349,426 inhabitants. The mayor is Giuseppe Sala, since 21 June 2016.

It is the capital of the Italian province of Lombardy.

Duomo of Milan

History

At 400 BC the Insubres founded multiple settlements around the region which were occupied by the Roman Empire at 222 BC. Then, the city was renamed to Mediolanum by the emperor Diocletian, at 286 BC, which has declared Milan as the main capital of the Western Roman Empire. The Edict of Milan (Latin:Edictum Mediolanense) in 313 BC, the new emperor Constantine the Great guaranteed freedom of religion for Christians. Later, at the Middle Ages, after it was part of the Holy Roman Empire, Milan prospered as a centre of trade due to its position and wars were fought between multiple communities which ends with the victory over the Battle of Legnano, Milan had a key role in the formation of the independent Lombard League in 1167 (which was supported by the Pope). Milan becames part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. In 1919 the city became under a dictorship of fascist Benito Mussolini.

Geography

Milan is located in Northern Italy and is part of the Po Valley near the Alps, it lies 400.26 ft above the sea level. Milan skyline wide from Duomo roof.jpg

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