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Mussomeli (Caltanissetta Province) is 60 km. from Caltanissetta, alt. 726 m., on the slopes of Monte San Vito, in the River Platani Valley, area 164 sq.km., pop. 11,644, post-code 93014, tel. 0934. Economy is agriculture, livestock, small foodstuff, cement, and bitumen industries.
The town was founded in the second half of the 14th century by Manfredi III Chiaromonte. The fief of various families, in 1549 it became a possession of the Lanzas, who obtained the title of Counts.
The modern name is probably of Arab origin, possibly referring to an ancient hamlet, and it was first used in the 15th century, instead of Manfredi, the original name given to the town by its founder.
The town stands in a picturesque position the slope of a hill.
Of interest: Baron's Palace (18th century); Collegio di Maria; Palazzo Trabia (late 17th century); Castello dei Chiaromonte (1370); a Greco-Italic village can be seen near the castle; and early Bronze Age settlement is situated on the mountain of Polizzello, northest of Mussomeli.
Churches (Caltanissetta Diocese) include the following:
San Ludovico Vesc. (Matrice)
Chiesa del Monte (historic)
Chiesa di San Domenico (historic)
Chiesa di San Francesco (historic)
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio (historic)
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Pietro (Polizzello - suburb of Mussomeli)
S. Maria del Monte Carmelo
Families researched in these records include the following:GirgentiMessinaRicottaSchifano
Links to other sites about Mussomeli include:
Italian Postal Codes
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© Kathy Kirkpatrick 1997-2008
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