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Castellaccio is in (Palermo Province) is 7 km. from Palermo, alt. 764 m.

On the Summit of Monte Caputo, overlooking Monreale, stands the powerful fortress of the Castellaccio, also known as the Castle of San Benedetto. It may have been originally founded by the Arabs, but William II reconstructed it, adding the church in the south part, and gave it to the Benedictine monks of Monreale. It was partially damaged in 1370 by Manfred Chiaromonte who took possession of it and expelled the monks. Over the centuries the building deteriorated steadily, until the Sicilian Alpine Club purchased it in 1899 as a summer resort for its members.

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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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