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Misilmeri (Palermo Province) is 15 km. from Palermo, alt. 129 m., in the valley of the River Eleuterio, here known as Fiume Grande (Big River), on the southern slopes of Montagna Grande, area 69.2 sq. km., pop. over 21, 600, post-code 90036, tel. 091. Economy: agriculture, sheep and cattle farming, industry (foodstuffs, building, timber and metal processing).

This town started as the Arab hamlet of Manzil al Amir (hamlet of the Emir). In 1068 Roger de Hauteville defeated the Arabs here. It was a fief of the Chiaromontes, the Aiutamicristos, and of the Bosco family after 1539. The town expanded in the century and especially after 1970.

Of interest are the ruins of the Arab-Norman Castle, rebuilt in the 14th century.

Churches (Palermo Diocese) include the following:
S. Giovanni Battista (Chiesa Madre)
Cuore Immacolato di Maria
S. Francesco d'Assisi
S. Gaetano
Beata V. del Carmelo (Portella di Mare - suburb of Misilmeri)

Families researched in these records include the following:

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

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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