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Petralia Sottana

Petralia Sottana
 

Petralia Sottana (Zip Code 90027) is 156 km. far from Agrigento, 77 km. from Caltanissetta, 146 km. from Catania, 58 km. from Enna, 222 km. from Messina, 112 km. from Palermo,which province it belongs to, 203 km. from Ragusa, 230 km. from Siracusa, 211 km. from Trapani.

Chiesa della Misericordia

The municipality has 3.591 inhabitants and its area is 17.804 hectares for a density of population of 20 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a mountainous internal area, and is 1.000 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in corso P. Agliata n. 22, tel. ++39 0921 641032 fax. ++39 0921 680214. E-mail address is: psufficiosegreteria@libero.it.

In its lands are cultivated cereals, grapes, and dairying products. Often in mountainous ares happens that different pastures are used as breedings of cattle and sheeps. Typical are wool working, wroght iron works and carpets.

Originally Petralia Sottana was part of the territory of the near Petralia Soprana which is about 2 km. distant from it. But it was already existent as small village adjacent to the Castle it is Norman made.

From the XV century it had been possession of different feudal families such as the Ventimiglia, the Cardona, the Moncada and finally the Alvarez de Toledo.

In 1812 it gained the feudal abolition and a large territory had been annexed to its commune.

Photo © Municipality of Petralia Sottana Dance of the strings

The Cathedral Church is made in a very good way. It is of the XVII century and keeps a splendid bronze medieval branched candlestick and a valuable fifteenth-century triptych.

There are also the Chiesa di S. Maria dell Fontana (Church of St. Maria of the Fountain), with marble groups made by Gagini school and the Santuario della Madonna dell'Alto with inside the homonymous statue.

In the half of August in the town the so-called "Ballo della Cordella" (Dance of the strings) takes place.

It is a dance made by twelve young married couples who loosen and plait strings around a pole with music. This festival is made in order to rejoice at the profitable wheat harvest.