Cammarata

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
Comune di Cammarata
Location of Cammarata
Cammarata
Location of Cammarata in Italy
Cammarata
Cammarata (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°38′N 13°38′E
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceAgrigento (AG)
FrazioniBorgo Callea
Government
  MayorVincenzo Giambrone
Area
  Total192.46 km2 (74.31 sq mi)
Elevation
682 m (2,238 ft)
Population
 (30 April 2017)[2]
  Total6,269
  Density33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Cammaratesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
92022
Dialing code0922
Patron saintSt. Nicholas of Bari
Saint dayDecember 6
WebsiteOfficial website

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

History

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

  • The castle, an example of Aragonese architecture

References

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.


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