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Carini (Palermo Province) is 25 km. from Palermo, alt. 170 m., in the northern foothills of Monte Saraceno, area 76.9 sq. km., pop. over 20,500, post-code 90044, tel. 091. Economy: various industries, agriculture.

This is the territory where the ancient Hyccara stood until its destruction by the Athenian Nicias in 415 BC; rebuilt in 370 BC at San Nicola. Hyccara prospered and spread steadily under the Romans. Devastated by the Muslims in 900, it was rebuilt in its present site in the 10th century. It subsequently became a fief of the Chiaromontes, the Moncadas and the La Grua Talamancas.

Of interest is the Castle (16th century, probably built on an older Arab fortress). Nearby in the suburb of Villagrazia is a Chrisian Catacomb and the prehistoric archaelogical site at Grotta del Maccagnone.

Churches (Monreale Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. Assunta (Chiesa Madre, 15th - 18th centuries)
Chiesa dei Cappuccini (historic)
Maria Stella Maris (historic)
Maria SS. degli Angeli ai Cappuccini
Maria SS. del Carmine
Maria SS. di Loreto
S. Cuore di Gesu
San Giuseppe
San Lorenzo
San Massimiliano Kolbe (Belvedere - suburb of Carini)
San Giuseppe (Stazione - suburb of Carini, historic)
Maria SS. delle Grazie (Villagrazia - suburb of Carini)
Mater Divinae Gratiae (Villagrazia - suburb of Carini, historic)

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

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