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Comune di Centuripe
Centuripe is located in Italy
Location o Centuripe in Italy
Coordinates: 37°37′N 14°44′E / 37.617°N 14.733°E / 37.617; 14.733
ProvinceEnna (EN)
 • MayorAntonino Biondi (syne 14 Mey 2007)
 • Total173.18 km2 (66.87 sq mi)
730 m (2,400 ft)
 (December 31, 2004)
 • Total5,775
 • Density33/km2 (86/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Diallin code0935
Patron sauntSt. Prosper
Saunt daySeptember 19
WebsiteOffeecial wabsteid

Centuripe (Latin: Centuripae;[1] Sicilian: Centorbi) is a toun an comune in the province o Enna (Sicily, soothren Italy). The ceety is locatit 61 km frae Enna, in the hill kintra atween the Rivers Dittaìno an Salso.

The economy is maistly based on agricultur. Thare are caves for sulphur an salt mineral, an watter springs.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Thucydides mentions Kentoripa as a ceety o the Sicels, hellenisit in the 5t century BC. It became an ally o the Athenians at the time o their expedition against Syracuse, an maintained its independence amaist uninterruptedly (tho it fell unner the pouer o Agathocles) till the First Punic War. Cicero describes it, aiblins wi some exaggeration, as bein bi far the lairgest an richest ceety o Sicily, an as haein a population o 10,000, engagit in the cultivation o a extensive territory. It wis grantit Laitin richts afore the rest o Sicily. It appears tae hae suffered hintle in the war against Sextus Pompeius, an no tae hae regained its umwhile prosperity unner the empire.

Emperor Frederick II entirely destroyed the ceety in 1233 in punishment for its rebellion, the inhabitants deportit tae Augusta. King Charles I o Anjou razit it completely tae the grund, an the ceety wis rebuilt anerly in 1548 bi Francesco Moncada.

The ceety wis kent as Centorbi till 1863.

Main sichts[eedit | eedit soorce]

Considerable remains o the auncient ceety waws an o biggins, maistly o the Roman period, still exist, an numerous antiquities, includin some fine Hellenistic terra-cottas, hae been discovered in casual excavations.

Ither sichts include the Chiesa Madre (17t century) an the ruins o the so-cried Castle o Conradin, in fact a Roman construction o the Imperial age.

Twin touns[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Richard Talbert, Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, (ISBN 0-691-03169-X), Cairt 47, notes.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

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