Ficarra

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Ficarra
Comune
Comune di Ficarra
Coat of arms of Ficarra
Coat of arms
Ficarra is located in Italy
Ficarra
Ficarra
Location of Ficarra in Italy
Coordinates: 38°6′N 14°50′E / 38.100°N 14.833°E / 38.100; 14.833Coordinates: 38°6′N 14°50′E / 38.100°N 14.833°E / 38.100; 14.833
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Messina (ME)
Frazioni Matini, Crocevia, Sauro, Rinella
Government
 • Mayor Basilio Ridolfo
Area
 • Total 18.6 km2 (7.2 sq mi)
Elevation 450 m (1,480 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)
 • Total 1,749
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Demonym Ficarresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 98062
Dialing code 0941
Patron saint Madonna SS. Annunziata
Saint day March 25 and August 5
Website Official website

Ficarra is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 130 kilometres (81 mi) east of Palermo and about 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Messina, in the Monti Nebrodi. It is surrounded by woods of hazel and olive trees.

History[edit]

Ficarra is believed to be Mediaeval in origin, possibly during the Muslim Emirate of Sicily.[1] The name may be derived from the Arabic Fakhar (meaning: glorious), or the Sicilian Ficara (meaning: a field of figs).

Main sights[edit]

  • Convent of the Minor Friars of St. Francis, dating to 1522
  • Sanctuary of the Annunziata (15th century)
  • Jail Fortress, originating as a watch tower and later turned into an austere stone fortress with square plan. It was damaged by bombs during World War II.

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General information: Messina: Ficarra". italien.com. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 

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