The province of Siracusa

Palazzolo Acreide


Palazzolo Acreide

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Chiesa di San Sebastiano

Palazzolo Acreide (Zip Code 96010) is 175 Km. distant from Agrigento, 149 Km. from Caltanissetta, 91 Km. from Catania, 130 Km. from Enna, 187 Km. from Messina, 265 Km. from Palermo, 39 Km. from Ragusa, 44 Km. from Siracusa, that is the province it belongs to, 238 Km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 9.361 inhabitants, its surface measures 8.632 hectares and it population density counts 108 inhabitants for square kilometre.

It rises over a mountainous area, 670 metres above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located in piazza del Popolo, tel. ++39 0931-871111 fax. ++39 0931-875685.

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The main economical activities are agriculture, cattle breeding and handicraft.

Teatro Greco

It produces cereals, grapes and olives, there are cow and sheep farms. Wood, stone, wrought iron and grass handicrafts are easily found.

According to the Arab geographer Edrisi, the original name of the town was Balansùl, changed into Placeolum in the 12th century.

The word Acreide comes from Akrai, a town founded by the Siracusans in 664 BC.

"Civitas stipendiaria" under the Romans, it was probably destroyed by the Moslems in the 9th century.

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Corso Vittorio Emanuele

The evidences of the first settlement date back to 1169, when it appeared with the name "Placeolum" in one of Pope Alexander III's bulls.

The village was a feudal property and in the 13th century it started expanding beyond the castle walls.

In 1693 it was half levelled by a violent earthquake and it was later rebuilt.

Among the most important monuments we mention the church of St. Sebastian (1609), the Mother Church dedicated to St. Nicholas (18th century), Palace Iudica (18th century) and the Monumental Cemetery (neoclassical and art-nouveau, 19th century).

We also mention the first "Historical Museum of Education", founded in Palazzolo Acreide in 1915 by the teacher Natalizio Marotta (1862-1960).

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