Militello in Val di Catania

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Militello in Val di Catania
Comune
Comune di Militello in Val di Catania
Coat of arms of Militello in Val di Catania
Coat of arms
Militello in Val di Catania is located in Italy
Militello in Val di Catania
Militello in Val di Catania
Location of Militello in Val di Catania in Italy
Coordinates: 37°17′N 14°47′E / 37.283°N 14.783°E / 37.283; 14.783
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Catania (CT)
Government
 • Mayor Francesco Spataro
Area
 • Total 62.2 km2 (24.0 sq mi)
Elevation 413 m (1,355 ft)
Population (March 2009)[1]
 • Total 7,939
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym Militellesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 95043
Dialing code 095
Patron saint Santissimo Salvatore and Santa Maria della Stella
Saint day August 18 and September 8
Website Official website

Militello in Val di Catania (Sicilian: Militeddu) is a comune (municipality) in the province of Catania in the Italian region Sicily, located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Catania, on the last slopes of the Iblean Mountains. It has a railways station on the line Catania-Gela.

History[edit]

Despite remains of prehistorical settlements and legends of a Roman foundation, the first mention of Militello dates from 1000 AD, when it became a marquisate under the Cammarana.[clarification needed]

The golden age of Militello was during the early 17th century, under the government of Prince Francesco Branciforte. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, but the subsequent restoration added numerous architectural and artistic works of art.

Main sights[edit]

Together with other cities of the Val di Noto, Militello has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. Its main artistical attractions include:

Churches[edit]

  • Mother Church of San Nicolò and Santissimo Salvatore (18th century)
  • Santa Maria la Vetere, with a 1506 portal by Antonello Gagini
  • Madonna della Catena (17th century), with a 16th-century niche
  • Abbey of San Benedetto (17th century)
  • Sant'Antonio da Padova, with a bell tower from 1719
  • Santa Maria della Stella (18th century)
  • Santissimi Angeli Custodi late 18th century, with a precious ceramics pavement

Palaces[edit]

  • Barresi Branciforte Castle, with the Fountain of the Nymph Zizza (17th century)
  • Palazzo Baldanza-Denaro (17th century)
  • Palazzo Niceforo (18th century)
  • Palazzo Baldanza (19th century)
  • Palazzo Majorana della Nicchiara
  • Palazzo Tineo
  • Palazzo Reburdone
  • Palazzo Reina

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv, v
Reference 398
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2002 (20th Session)

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