Cammarata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cammarata
Comune
Comune di Cammarata
Cammarata BW 2012-10-08 12-45-37.JPG
Cammarata is located in Italy
Cammarata
Cammarata
Location of Cammarata in Italy
Coordinates: 37°38′N 13°38′E / 37.633°N 13.633°E / 37.633; 13.633Coordinates: 37°38′N 13°38′E / 37.633°N 13.633°E / 37.633; 13.633
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Agrigento (AG)
Frazioni Borgo Callea
Government
 • Mayor Vito Mangiapane
Area
 • Total 192.3 km2 (74.2 sq mi)
Elevation 682 m (2,238 ft)
Population (31 August 2012)[1]
 • Total 6,267
 • Density 33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cammaratesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 92022
Dialing code 0922
Patron saint St. Nicholas of Bari
Saint day December 6
Website Official website

Cammarata is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Agrigento in the Italian region Sicily, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Agrigento on the eponymous mountain, which has an elevation 1,578 metres (5,177 ft) above sea level in a territory rich in forests.

Cammarata borders the following municipalities: Acquaviva Platani, Casteltermini, Castronovo di Sicilia, Mussomeli, San Giovanni Gemini, Santo Stefano Quisquina, Vallelunga Pratameno, Villalba.

History[edit]

The name derives from the Greek Kàmara, meaning "vaulted room".

King Roger I laid siege to the Cammarata in 1087 and sold it to a relative Lucia d'Altavilla (or in English Lucy of Hauteville). She then assumed the title Dominae Camaratae or Lucy of Cammarata for the town she was given

The town is mentioned in 1141 in a document mentioning several Arabic localities, a sign that it was settled at least from the Islamic domination of the island.

The county of Cammarata followed the history of Sicily under the Normans, the Hohenstaufen and the War of the Vespers. In 1397 the count rebelled and the town was besieged by Bernardo Cabrera, general of king Martin II of Sicily. Later it was a fief of the Abatellis.

Main sights[edit]

  • The castle, an example of Aragonese architecture


References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

External links[edit]