Place Name: Canossa

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1982)

Name Origins: Commemorative


Canossa (Reggiano: Canòsa) is a comune and castle town in the Province of Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. It is the site where Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV did penance in 1077, standing three days bare-headed in the snow, in order to reverse his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII. The Walk to Canossa is sometimes used as a symbol of the changing relationship between the medieval Church and State.

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Cultural Affiliation: Italian

Gender: N/A

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie 

The name is consistent with the famous castles theme of the Castle Downs area. The Canossa castle was built around 940 ad near Bologna in northern Italy. Over the next three centuries, Canossa sheltered many notable guests, including Pope Gregory VII. The castle later fell into the hands of imperial troops and was destroyed in 1255. Though it was restored numerous times over the centuries, Canossa today lies in ruins.

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Municipality Canossa, Val d’Enza, RE, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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