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Bagheria (Palermo Province) is 15 km. from Palermo, alt. 78 m., in the eastern zone of the Conco d'Oro, looking towards Monte Catalfano, area 29.7 sq. km., pop. over 49,000, post-code 90011, tel. 091. Economy: citrus fruit.
Bagheria developed around the Villa Butera, built in 1658 by Giuseppe Branciforte, Prince of Butera. In 1679 Salvatore Branciforte built the intersecting Corso Butera and Corso Umberto I, the main streets of the future town.
Of interest are the villas of Bagheria, such as Villa Butera, and the Villa Cattolica (1736) which now houses the Town Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. Other sites include the Villa Valguarnera (1721), Villa Villarosa (18th century), and the Villa Palagonia (1715) that was known as the Villa dei Mostri (Villa of the Monsters) because of the frightening sandstone statues of people and animals that surround the building. The Palazzo Inguaggiato (1770) is also impressive.
Churches (Palermo Diocese) include the following:
Families researched in these records include the following:
Links to other sites about Bagheria include:
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