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Ravanusa (Agrigento Province) is 56 km. from Agrigento, alt. 320 m., on the River Salso, on the southern slopes of Mt. Gibbesi, area 49.6 sq. km., pop. over 15,600, post-code 92029, tel. 0922. Agricultural economy: wheat and other cereals, almonds, wine, olive oil, licorice.

On Mt. Saraceno (alt. 398 m.), 1.5 km. Southeast of the modern town, are the remains of a protohistoric settlement that was conquered at the end of the 7th century BC by the Geloans and later (6th century BC) by the Agrigentines.

In the Middle Ages, Count Roger, according to tradition, built a sanctuary here known as Madonna del Fico, in gratitude for a victory over the Arabs. The present-day town was founded by Giacomo Bonanno with a "licentia populandi" (1616, or possbibly 1621).

Of interest are the excavations at Mt. Saraceno, although much of the material found there is now in the Agrigento Regional Archaelogical Museum.

Churches (Agrigento Diocese) include the following:
San Giacomo (Chiesa Madre, 18th century)
B.M.V. di Fatima
Chiesa dei Regolari di San Giorgio (15th century, historic)
S. Croce (SS. Crocifisso)
Sacra Famiglia
San Michele Arcangelo

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

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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