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Misterbianco (Zip Code 95045) is 188 Km. distant from Agrigento, 122 Km. from Caltanissetta, 8 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 92 Km. from Enna, 104 Km. from Messina, 245 Km. from Palermo, 112 Km. from Ragusa, 66 Km. from Siracusa, 344 Km. from Trapani.
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The municipality counts 44.695 inhabitants, its surface measures 3.751 hectares, and its population density counts 1.192 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a flat area, 213 meters above the sea-level.
The Town Hall is located in via S. Antonio Abate n. 3, tel. ++39 095-7556111 fax. ++39 095-7556202. E-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big agricultural center, Misterbianco is outstanding for the rich production of wheat, grapes, almonds, citrus fruits, and olives. The local handicrafts are characterized by the ceramics, exhibited during the annual Fair held in the month of May.
The name Misterbianco derives from the Sicilian term Musteri jancu, that means "monastero bianco" (white monastery) and it refers to the white walls of a pre-existent Benedictine monastery, destroyed in 1669 by mountain Etna's lava flow.
The first suburb belonged to the municipality of Catania until 1642, when it was acquired by lord Giannandrea Massa, who bestowed it to nobleman Vespasiano Trigonia, appointing him duke.
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The most outstanding monuments, from an architectural point of view, are the Chiesa Madre, that preserves a marvelous statue of the Madonna delle Grazie by Gagini (1478-1536), the Chiesa di S. Nicolò beholding several paintings of the seventeenth century, and the Chiesa Madonna degli Ammalati preserving a beautiful fresco of 1740 with the representation of the town's ancient Piazza (square).
Even the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo del Senato are very interesting, both of the XVIII century.
Among Misterbianco's citizens, the most noteworthy were the famous jurist Salvatore Marchese (1811-1880), a university professor and senator, the Condorelli brothers, specifically Orazio (1897-1969) and Luigi (1899-1985), who respectively were Chancellor of the University of Catania and cardiology professor at the University of Rome, and the famous surgeon Nunzio Caudullo (1910-1984), who was nominated "Cavaliere della scienza e della carità" (knight of science and charity) because of his exceptional surgery skills, many times offered to his patients charge-free.