|The province of Agrigento
Sant'Angelo Muxaro (Zip Code 92020) is 32 Km. distant from Agrigento, the province it belongs to, 86 Km. from Caltanissetta, 224 Km. from Catania, 127 Km. from Enna, 268 Km. from Messina, 125 Km. from Palermo, 174 Km. from Ragusa, 155 Km. from Siracusa, 194 Km. from Trapani.
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The municipality counts 1.978 inhabitants, its surface measures 6.455 hectares, and its population density is of 31 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a hilly area, 467 meters above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in via Pizzo Corvo n. 33, tel. ++39 0922-919506 fax. ++39 0922-919628.
Situated on a hill overlooking a belvedere, Sant'Angelo Muxaro boasts a conspicuous cultivation of cereals, almonds, olives, and chick-peas, annually exhibited during the Fair held in September. Cattle breeding and sheep farms are prosperous because of the numerous pasture areas throughout the land.
Since its origins, the town's name was Sant'Angelo Muxaro, and the appositive Muxaro derives from the Arab term Munsar, that means "gorge, mountain chain"; in fact, the town is surrounded by numerous mountains. The first inhabited center was an ancient Sicilian town.
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In 1087, it was conquered by the Normans, and as of the XIV century, it belonged to several noble families such as Chiaramonte, Moncada, and Marinis.
The modern suburb rose with "licentia populandi" in 1506, by will of the Aragona Pignatelli family, who owned it until the abolition of feudality.
Some of the most outstanding monuments are the Chiesa del Carmelo, dated 1600, that beholds an Albanian manufactured wooden statue of the Madonna and the baroque Chiesa di Sant'Angelo Martire.
There is an important archeological area surrounding the town, called Monte Castello, where a proto-historical necropolis was discovered, preserving the so called "Tomba del Principe" (Tomb of the Prince) among other findings.