Misterbianco

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Misterbianco
Comune
Comune di Misterbianco
Misterbianco is located in Italy
Misterbianco
Misterbianco
Location of Misterbianco in Italy
Coordinates: 37°31′N 15°0′E / 37.517°N 15.000°E / 37.517; 15.000Coordinates: 37°31′N 15°0′E / 37.517°N 15.000°E / 37.517; 15.000
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province / Metropolitan city Catania (CT)
Frazioni Piano Tavola
Government
 • Mayor Antonino Di Guardo
Area
 • Total 37.5 km2 (14.5 sq mi)
Elevation 210 m (690 ft)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 49,668
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Misterbianchesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 95046
Dialing code 095
Website Official website

Misterbianco (Sicilian: Mustarjancu, Medieval Latin: Monasterium Album, meaning White Monastery or White Minster) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Catania in the Italian region Sicily, located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 6 kilometres (4 mi) west of Catania.

Misterbianco borders the following municipalities: Camporotondo Etneo, Catania, Motta Sant'Anastasia, San Pietro Clarenza.

History[edit]

The settlement's name derives from a former local monastery, whose monks, likely Dominicans, wore a white dress (in Latin, Monasterium Album, "White Monastery"). However, both the monastery and the settlement were destroyed by an eruption of the nearby Mount Etna in 1669. A new borough was therefore built in the former contrada (quarter) of Milicia.

Until the mid-19th century Misterbianco was a small rural settelmente. However, after a large industrial complex was built in the area, its population grew substantially, up to 18,836 in 1971 and 40,785 in 1991. The town continues to grow in size due to people moving here from the increasingly costly quarter of Catania city.

References[edit]

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

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