The province of Messina



A panoramic view of Castroreale
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Castroreale (Zip Code 98053) is 245 Km. distant from Agrigento, 211 Km. from Caltanissetta, 119 Km. from Catania, 170 Km. from Enna, 50 Km. from Messina, that is the province it belongs to, 209 Km. from Palermo, 223 Km. from Ragusa, 177 Km. from Siracusa, 308 Km. from Trapani.

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A particular of Castroreale

The municipality has 3.209 inhabitants, its surface measures 5.474 hectares and its population density counts 59 inhabitants for square kilometre. It rises on the coast, on a hill 394 metres above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza Roma, tel. ++39 090-9746050 fax. ++39 090-9746446.

The main economical activities are agriculture and cattle-breeding. The main cultivations are legumes, citrus fruits, olives and grapes. Cows and sheep are largely bred and the dairy production is also very important.

The name of the town comes from an Arabian castle, later fortified by king Frederick II of Aragona in the 14th century.

In 1522 it became a royal city thanks to Charles V. During the 16th century a large expansion occurred, which had already started in the previous year.

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Chiesa dell`Immacolata and the Tower of Castle

In the 17th and 18th century it was damaged by many bad earthquakes, worst of all in 1783. In 1813 it became a chief town in the area and in 1848 in the province.

Among the most important monuments we mention the mother Church of Maria Assunta made in the 15th century and enlarged in the 18th century, the Church of S. Salvatore and the Raineri Gate, the only one left (19th century).

On August 23 and 24, during the Holy Week, a very interesting religious event takes place: the "Cristo lungo" (long Christ) procession, when a Crucifix placed on a 12 metre pole is taken around.

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