The province of Palermo



Church of Sciara
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Sciara (Zip Code 90020) is 111 km. distant from Agrigento, 119 km. from Caltanissetta, 216 km. from Catania, 124 km. from Enna, 219 km. from Messina, 58 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 260 km. from Ragusa, 296 km. from Siracusa, 157 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 2.915 inhabitants and an area of 3.119 hectares for a density of population of 93 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on hilly coastal area and is 210 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in piazza Castelreale, tel. ++39 091-8994005 fax. ++39 091-8994475.

In Sciara's territories are cultivated some products like olives, grapes, cereals, citrus fruit, fruit and excellent artichokes that are displayed in the cereal feast of the artichoke which takes place in April.

The name of Sciara has Arabic origin. But its meaning is uncertain because it is possible to translate it both with "lava" and with "underwood". The first village was founded in the second half of the XVII century by Filippo Notarbartolo Cipolla who gained the title of Prince of Sciara by concession of Charles II of Spain.

The Cathedral Church of St. Anna and the ruins of the Chiese of S. Basilio and of Sant'Elia (Churches of St. Basil and St. Elias). Important is the archaeological area of Mount Castellaccio where parts of megalithic and dolmen walls of the V century B.C. are found.

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