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Maniace (Catania Province) is 60 km from Catania, alt, 696 m, in the western foothills of Etna, area 35.9 sq km, pop. over 3,300, post-code 5030, tel. 095. Economy: agriculture and stock breeding.
The village developed around Maniace Abbey, built in 1173 by Queen Margaret of Navarre, mother of William the Good, on the spot where the Byzantine general George Maniakes defeated the Muslims in 1040. In 1799 the fief and the abbey (also known as the Castle) were given by Ferdinand III of Sicily to Admiral Nelson for his help in repressing the riots in Naples. Until 1981 it was part of the comune of Bronte.
Churches (Catania Diocese) include the following:
San Sebastiano M. (Chiesa Madre)
On January 20 is the Festa of San Sebastiano. The festival of pears and peaches is held in August.
Links to sites with more about Maniace include:
Italian Postal Codes
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