The province of Messina

Santa Lucia del Mela


A panoramic view of Santa Lucia del Mela
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The inside of Mother Church

Santa Lucia del Mela (Zip Code 98046) is 299 km. distant from Agrigento, 229 km. from Caltanissetta, 137 km. from Catania, 188 km. from Enna, 46 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 227 km. from Palermo, 225 km. from Ragusa, 195 km. from Siracusa, 326 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 4.991 inhabitants and an area of 8.293 hectares for a population density of 60 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on a mountainous inland area and is 215 metres above sea-level.

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A particular of Mother Church

The Town Hall is placed in piazza Duomo n. 1, tel. ++39 090-935806 fax. ++39 090-935736.

Agricultural production is based especially upon cultivation of citrus fruit, cereals, grapes, olives, fruit. Embroideries and wood working are main local handicrafts.

Santa Lucia del Mela derives its name from the old church of Santa Lucia and from the near river Mela.

Originary it was a "farmhouse", together with neighbouring San Filippo housed a great number of families.

It was the favourite hounting residence of Federick II of Swabia.

It has the best expansion near half of the XV century and opened itself to new religious and civilian settlements.

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A particular of Castle

The most interesting monuments are the imposing Cathedral Church of Santa Lucia with inside the famous camvas representing St. Biagio painted by Sicilian painter Pietro Novelli (1603-1647); the XVIIth-century Episcopal Palace with splendid works of art of `600 and `700.

It houses the "Diocesan Museum of Santa Maria del Melo's Prelacy" and the Castle now seat of Seminary with an interesting Lybrary.

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