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Montelepre (Palermo Province) is 25 km. from Palermo, alt 343 m., between the Punta Raisi to the northwest and Monte Gibilmesi to the southeast, on a hill overlooking the valley of the River Nocella, area 9.9 sq. km. Its population is just over 6000, post-code 90040, tel. 091. Economy: agriculture, sheep farming.
Traces of a 4th century BC settlement have been found in the area. The present town developed in the 17th century around a tower built in 1433 by the Archbishop of Monreale who owned the fief. It belonged to Pietro da Formia, the Vernagallos, the Regalmicis and the Talamancas of Carini. The town has barely spread beyond its 18th century boundaries.
Churches (Monreale Diocese) include the following:
Families researched in these records include the following:
Links to other sites about Montelepre include:
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