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Siculiana (Agrigento Province) is 28 km. from Agrigento, alt. 129 m., on a hill near the Strait of Sicily, area 40.6 sq. km., pop. over 5100, post-code 92010, tel. 0922. Agricultural economy: wheat, almonds, grapes.

The Arab Castle of Qal'at Sugul stood here, until it was destroyed by the Normans at the end of the 11th century. In 1310, it was rebuilt by Federico Chiaromonte, Baron of Siculiana. The town developed at the beginning of the 14th century, thanks to the noble Catalan Gilberto Isfar e Corelles, lord of the fief, who exported wheat using the nearby loader. In 1610, the fief passed to the Bosco family, and then to the Filangeris and finally to the Bonannos.

The town is dominated by the imposing Chiaromontine castle which has been considerably altered since its foundation is the 14th century. The nearby Siculiana Mariana is a very popular summer resort.

Churches (Agrigento Diocese) include the following:
Santa Maria del Carmelo (Chiesa Madre, extended between 1750 and 1813)
SS. Crocifisso

Links to other sites about Siculiana 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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