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Sant'Angelo Muxaro (Agrigento Province) is 34 km. from Agrigento, alt 335 m., on an isolated hill on the River Platani, area 64.5 sq. km., pop. over 1900, post-code 92020, tel. 0922. Agricultural economy: almonds, pistachio nuts, olives, cereals.
Camycus, the impregnable city built according to myth by Daedalus for the Sican King Kokalos, was probably located here. In the Middle Ages, the Castello Moscaria, possibly Arabic in origin and taken by the Normans in 1087, stood West of the present village on Monte Castello, alt. 488 m.
The castle and village were then the domain of various families - the Chiaromontes, the Moncadas, the De Marinis and the Aragonas, among others.
The modern center was founded in 1506 by the Aragona-Pignatellis. According to some sources, the village was populated in the 16th century by Greek-Albanian peasants from Palazzo Adriano, but no trace of them remains today.
On the Western and eastern sides of the hill on which this town stands is a vast necropolis dating from the 9th to 5th centuries BC.
Churches (Agrigento Diocese) include the following:
Sant'Angelo Martire (Chiesa Madre, 18th century)
Links to other sites about Sant'Angelo Muxaro include:
Italian Postal Codes
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