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Cassaro (Siracusa Province) is 47 km from Siracusa, alt. 550 m, in the Hyblaean Mountains dominating the River Anapo, are 19.4 sq km, pop. 943, post-code 96010, tel. 0931. Economy: Agriculture, gravel quarries.

It developed in the 12th century around a fort that already existed in Arab times (the modern name of the town comes from the Arabic Kasr, castle). After the earthquake in 1693, the ancient town was abandoned and the modern one built on its present site. It was a fief of the Gaetanis from the 16th century to the 18th, and then of the Statellas after 1776.

Churches (Siracusa Diocese) include the following:

S. Pietro in Vincoli (Chiesa Madre, originally built in the 17th century, rebuilt in the 18th)
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate (historic)

Families researched in these records include the following:


Links to other sites about Cassaro include:

Sicilian Net
Sicily Web
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily - A Reference for Researchers and is now available. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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