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The province of Catania

Motta Sant'Anastasia

 

Motta Sant'Anastasia
Photo © A.p.t. Catania

Motta Sant'Anastasia (Zip Code 95040) is 183 Km. distant from Agrigento, 117 Km. from Caltanissetta, 13 Km. from Catania, which is the province it belongs to, 87 Km. from Enna, 109 Km. from Messina, 240 Km. from Palermo, 117 Km. from Ragusa, 71 Km. from Siracusa, 339 Km. from Trapani.

Photo © A.p.t. Catania 

The Mather Church

The municipality counts 9.420 inhabitants, its surface measures 3.573 hectares, and its population density counts 264 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises over a flat area, 275 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Umberto n. 22, tel. ++39 095-306281 fax. ++39 095-307276.

A charming agricultural center, Motta Sant'Anastasia boasts a rich production of grapes, olives, wheat and almonds, that can be tasted during Motta's annual Fair held in the month of August. Cattle breeding, as well sheep and goat farms, are flourishing because of the numerous pasture areas. The characteristic handicrafted objects are those made of wrought iron.

The name Motta derives from the name of the homonymous mountain the first inhabited center rose on. The appositive "Sant'Anastasia" was added subsequently, in honor of the saint the town was dedicated to.

Photo © A.p.t. Catania 

Neck: a particular rock

The suburb was built in the surroundings of a pre-existent castle, that was rebuilt by will of the Norman count Ruggero d'Altavilla, who then bestowed it to the bishop of Catania.

Throughout the years, it belonged to several feudal lords, such as Russo, Perolo, Ruiz de Lihari, and ultimately Moncada, to whom it remained until the abolition of the feudal rights.

The most interesting monuments, architecturally speaking, are the Norman Castle, built during the XI century, preserving numerous embattled tops, and the Chiesa Madre built during the XII century, characterized by two domes with semicircular chapels, the Chiesa dell'Immacolata, originally known as "chiesa del villaggio". The first building of this latter church goes back to 1000 a.C. and the wall building was probably done by using lava stones. A must see in the church are the five paitings of seventeenth century.

Very interesting to see is also a "particular rock". This rock probably was formed 550.000 years ago and it is a "neck" ( inside conduit of solidified lava of eroded eruptive volcanic cone) or a "diatrema" (a crater of explosion no more visible because covered by lava).

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