Ficarra

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Ficarra
Comune di Ficarra
Coat of arms of Ficarra
Coat of arms
Location of Ficarra
Ficarra is located in Italy
Ficarra
Ficarra
Location of Ficarra in Italy
Ficarra is located in Sicily
Ficarra
Ficarra
Ficarra (Sicily)
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
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Metropolitan cityMessina (ME)
FrazioniMatini, Crocevia, Sauro, Rinella
Government
 • MayorGaetano Artale
Area
 • Total18.66 km2 (7.20 sq mi)
Elevation
450 m (1,480 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total1,418
 • Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ficarresi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
98062
Dialing code0941
Patron saintMadonna SS. Annunziata
Saint dayMarch 25 and August 5
WebsiteOfficial website

Ficarra is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City 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.[3] 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. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "General information: Messina: Ficarra". italien.com. Retrieved 11 February 2015.

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