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Oristano

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Oristano is an Italian city and comune, capital of the Province of Oristano, in the central-western part of the island of Sardinia, Italy. It is located in the northern part of Campidano plain. Oristano was established as the provincial capital on 16 July 1974. As of December 2010, the city had 32,165 inhabitants.The economy of Oristano is mainly based on services, agriculture, tourism and small industries.HistoryOristano was previously known by the Byzantines as Aristanis, and founded close to the Phoenician settlement of Othoca . It acquired importance in 1070, when, reputedly as a result of the frequent Saracen attacks, Archbishop Torcotorio made it the seat of the bishopric, which was previously in the nearby coastal town of Tharros. It also became capital of the giudicato of Arborea. Consequently, fortifications were designed, but the building thereof went on until judge Mariano II rose to power.In medieval times Oristano vied for power over the whole island of Sardinia, and therefore waged wars against the other Sardinian kingdoms. which culminated in the attempt to conquer the whole island during the reign of Mariano IV and that of his daughter Eleanor . The giudicato of Arborea held out to be the last Sardinian kingdom to be conquered by the Catalan troops of the Kingdom of Aragon, in 1478 after the battle of Macomer. Thereafter, Oristano's history was that of the island of Sardinia, characterized by the Aragonese-Spanish and Piedmontese dominations, and then the unification of Italy.
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