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
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Metropolitan cityCatania (CT)
FrazioniPiano Tavola
Government
 • MayorAntonino Di Guardo
Area
 • Total37.5 km2 (14.5 sq mi)
Elevation210 m (690 ft)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total49,668
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Misterbianchesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code95046
Dialing code095
WebsiteOfficial 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 settlement. 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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