The province of Ragusa

Santa Croce Camerina


Santa Croce Camerina
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Mather Church

Santa Croce Camerina (Zip Code 97017) is 127 Km. distant from Agrigento, 132 Km. from Caltanissetta, 125 Km. from Catania, 133 Km. from Enna, 225 Km. from Messina, 266 Km. from Palermo, 25 Km. from Ragusa, that is the province it belongs to, 106 Km. from Siracusa, 300 Km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 8.695 inhabitants, its surface measures 4.076 hectares and its population density counts 213 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises along the coast on a hilly area, 90 metres above the sea-level.

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The city of Santa Croce Camerina  

The Town Hall is located in via Carmine n. 95, tel. ++39 0932-911288/911020 fax. ++39 0932-911020.  

It is mainly an agricultural centre and it grows cereals, vegetables, citrus fruits, olives, carobs and hothouse flowers.  

This little town takes its name from Giovan Battista Celestri, Marquis of Santa Croce, who repopulated it in 1598 after being abandoned because of  many piratical incursions.

The word "Camerina" comes instead by a Syracuse colony, Camarina, whose inhabitants founded the present day S.Croce when their town was destroyed.

In 1470 baron Pietro Celestri received the land in emphyteusis.

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The most important monuments are the Mother Church, dedicated to S. John the Baptist, built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 19th century, the Town Hall and Palace Celestri (16th century).

Also the archaeological ruins of Camarina (3rd century BC) and those of Caucana (6th century BC) are worth mentioning.

A peculiarity about Santa Croce Camerina: in its territory there is one of the cape of the so-called "Suare of the Sicilian winds" - Scaramia Cape.

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