Portogruaro is a town and comune
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in the province of Venice
Province of Venice
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, Veneto
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, northern Italy
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Portogruaro was founded in 1140, when the bishop of Concordia, Gervinus, gave right to several fishermen to settle here and build a river port. A castle existed here, however, as early as the 10th century. In 1420 its citizen asked to become part of the Republic of Venice
Republic of Venice
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: under the Venetians the town enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy and could expand economically. In the 17th century, however, it followed the economical decline of Venice.

After the Napoleonic
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 parentheses, in 1815 it was assigned to the Austrian Empire
Austrian Empire
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, under which Portogruaro remained until 1866. After that year it followed the history of Italy
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Main sights

  • Abbey of Summaga (11th century)
  • Mills on the Lumene river (12th century)
  • Church of Sant'Agnese (13th century)

The Roman and medieval city of Concordia Sagittaria
Concordia Sagittaria
Concordia Sagittaria is a town and comune in the province of Venezia, Veneto, Italy.-History:The town was founded in 42 BC as Iulia Concordia by the Romans, where the Via Annia and the Via Postumia crossed each other...

 was located nearby.

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