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Cerda (Palermo Province) is 58 km. from Palermo, alt. 274 m., in the northwest Madonie, between the valleys of the northern Imera and the River Torto, area 43.8 sq. km., pop. over 5,400, post-code 90010, tel. 091. Economy: agriculture, handicraft (carpentry, wrought iron).
A fief of the Ventimiglias of Collesano until 1453, it then belonged to the Bardi family and subsequently to the Santostefano and Cerda families, of Spanish origin. In the past the town was known as Tavernanova.
Of interest is the Baronial Palace and the Cerda Race Circuit where the Targa Florio was first held in 1906.
In April is the festival of the Artichoke.
Churches (Palermo Diocese) include the following:
Families researched in these records include the following:
Links to other sites about Cerda include:
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