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Cattolica Eraclea (Agrigento Province) is 43 km. from Agrigento, alt. 180 m., in the lower Platani Valley, area 62.1 sq. km., pop. over 5700, post-code 92011, tel. 0922. Economy: agriculture (carob-beans, almonds, olives, pistachio nuts, grapes); rock salt mining.

Its territory compromises the ancient Eraclea Minoa, near Capo Bianco at the mouth of the Platani, a town of possible Mycenean origin.

The present town was founded in 1610 by Don Biagio Isfar e Corelles, with the name of Cattolica. It was a fief of the Bosco family until 1770, and then belonged to the Bonanno family, the Princes of Roccafiorita.

The adjective Eraclea was added in 1874 in order to recall the historical link with the ancient Greek city.

Of interest is the Palazzo del Signore in Piazza Umberto.

Churches (Agrigento Diocese) include the following:
SS. Redentore (Chiesa Madre) (Spirito Santo, 16th century)
B.M.V. della Mercede
San Antonio Abate and Madonna del Carmine

Families researched in these records include the following:
La Rocca

Links to other sites about Cattolica Eraclea include:
Cattolica Eraclea
Italian Wikipedia
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