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Belmonte Mezzagno (Palermo Province) is 15 km. from Palermo, alt. 356 m., on the Eastern slopes of Pizzo di Belmonte, area 29.2 sq. km., pop. over 9,900, post-code 90031, tel. 091. Economy: agriculural produce (including sumac and animal farming).

Founded in 1752 by Giuseppe Emanuele Ventimiglia, the town was burned down in 1848 by the Bourbons in order to punish the inhabitants for their part in the revolutionary uprisings.

The name Mezzagno appears to refer to the custom of the peasants farming the lands of the Prince di Belmonte, who at Easter would bring him lambs cut in half (mezzo-agno = half-lamb).

Churches (Palermo Diocese) include the following:
SS. Crocifisso (Chiesa Madre, 1776)

Families researched in these records include the following:
di Carlo
lo Biondo

Links to other sites about Belmonte Mezzagno include:
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Sicilian Net

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