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|Militello in Val Di Catania (CT)|
Militello in Val di Catania (Catania Province) is 45 km from Catania, alt 413 m, in the northern stretch of the Hyblaean Mountains area 62.1 sq km. Its population is just over 10,000, post-code 95043, tel. 095. Economy: agriculture, animal farming.
Tradition says this town was founded by the Roman Consul Marcellus, during the siege of Siracusa in 214 BC. It might have started as a Byzantine hamlet, expanded under Arab rule and in the feudal period, first belonging to the Barresi family and after 1567 to the Brancifortes, who took the title of "Marquis". It was seriously damaged in the earthquake of 1693 and immediately rebuilt on the same site.
Of interest is the Museo di San Nicolo (art).
Churches (Caltagirone Diocese) include the following:
San Nicolo e SS Salvatore (Chiesa Madre)
San Benedetto (1623)
Santa Maria della Stella
On September 8 is the Festa of Maria Santissima della Stella. Re-enactment on Good Friday. Baroque Music, Theater, Displays are here in July. August 18th is the Festa of Santissimo Salvatore. There is a festival of cactus fruit and bottled fruit here in October.
Families researched in these records include the following:GrecoTrojaZabbatino
Links to sites with more about Militello in Val di Catania include:
Militello in Val di Catania Photos
Militello in Val di Catania
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.
© Kathy Kirkpatrick 1997-2008
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