Novara nōvä´rä [key], city (1991 pop. 101,112), capital of Novara prov., Piedmont, N Italy. It is an agricultural and industrial center and a rail junction. Manufactures include textiles, chemicals, machinery, metals, processed food, and printed materials. It is a major market for rice. Several battles were fought (1500, 1513) near Novara during the Italian Wars . At Novara, in Mar., 1849, the Austrians under Radetzky defeated the Piedmontese under Charles Albert (see Risorgimento ). The Church of San Gaudenzio (16th–17th cent.) has an impressive campanile (19th cent.).
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