Castelvetrano

Castelvetrano
Comune
Città di Castelvetrano
Mother Church

Coat of arms

Castelvetrano within the Province of Trapani
Castelvetrano
Location of Castelvetrano in Italy
Coordinates: 37°41′0″N 12°47′35″E / 37.68333°N 12.79306°E / 37.68333; 12.79306Coordinates: 37°41′0″N 12°47′35″E / 37.68333°N 12.79306°E / 37.68333; 12.79306
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Trapani (TP)
Frazioni Marinella (Selinunte), Triscina
Government
  Mayor None (commissars)
Area
  Total 209.76 km2 (80.99 sq mi)
Elevation 187 m (614 ft)
Population (28 February 2017)[1]
  Total 31,680
  Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castelvetranesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 91022
Dialing code 0924
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day 24 June
Website Official website

Castelvetrano (Sicilian: Castedduvitranu) is a town and comune in the province of Trapani, Sicily, southern Italy. The archeological site of Selinunte is located within the municipal territory.

The municipality borders with Campobello di Mazara, Mazara del Vallo, Menfi, Montevago, Partanna, Salemi and Santa Ninfa.[2]

History

The first recorded mentions of Castelvetrano in the historical record date back to the 12th and 13th centuries. By the 15th century, records exist of a federation of local cities which include Castelvetrano. The church of St. John, outside the city walls, dates back to this period and was founded in 1412.

Economy

The economy is based predominantly on farming, with the cultivation of vines and olive trees being the main focus. Woodworking (mainly furniture) is also an important sector.

Main sights

The center of Castelvetrano consists of three linked squares and many monuments can be found within these areas. The main square is Piazza Tagliavia which is adorned with many fine buildings including the town's principal church, the Chiesa Madre, which in its present form dates back to the sixteenth century. Inside the church are stuccoes by Ferraro and Giacomo Serpotta.

Near the church is the Municipio (town hall) and also close by is the Purgatory Church, built in 1624–64, with its façade filled with statues.[3]

See also

References

  1. (in Italian) Source: Istat 2011
  2. 39291 Castelvetrano on OpenStreetMap
  3. (in Italian) Castelvetrano on trapani-sicilia.it


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