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Cefala Diana (Palermo Province) is 40 km. from Palermo, alt. 563 m., on the eastern slopes of Rocca Busambra, in the upper basin of the River Milicia, area 9 sq. km., pop. over 900, post-code 90030, tel. 091. Agricultural economy.

It was founded, with a "licentia populandi" granted in 1684, around a castle of possibly Arab origin. It was a strategic center of major importance. The name of the village Kefalath would appear to be derived from the shape of the great rock on which the castle stands. A few walls and a good part of the battlemented tower remain of this possibly Muslim castle.

Nearby are the baths of Cefala, probably dating from Arab times.

Churches (Palermo Diocese) include the following:
S. Francesco di Paola (Chiesa Madre)

Links to other sites about Cefala Diana include:
Ancient Sicily
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
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Sicily Web
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