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|San Michele di Ganzaria (CT) |
San Michele di Ganzaria (Catania Province) is 89 km from Catania, alt. 490 m, in the southern Monti Erei, on the River Tempio, area 25.6 sq km. Its population is just over 4,800, post-code 95040, tel. 0933. Economy: agriculture, tourism.
This town was Saracen (Yhanzaria, then Cansaria). It later (12th century) added the name of the church (San Michele), also called the "tempio dei francesi" because it was used by the Angevins. The town developed considerably after 1534, when Barone Antonio Gravina encouraged the immigration of Greek-Albanian exiles.
Churches (Caltagirone Diocese) include the following:
San Michele Arcangelo (Chiesa Madre, 13th century)
First Sunday in September is the Festa of San Michele Arcangelo. There is a festival of soup, garbanzo beans and grain in December.
Links to sites with more about San Michele di Ganzaria include:
San Michele di Ganzaria Photos
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.
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