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Grammichele, Province of Catania, Sicilia

Grammichele is a "new town" is situated founded after the earthquake of 1693, to give hospitality to the survivors of the destroyed Occhiolà. Three streets starting from the public square divide the town into six quarters.

Info

  • Altitude: 520 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 13,000 inhabitants in 2010
  • Zip/postal code: 95042
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0933
  • Patron Saints: St. Michele Arcangelo, celebrated on 29 September; Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, celebrated on 8 May

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History

plan of Grammichele Three months after the earthquake of 11 January 1693 which destroyed Occhiolà (the ancient Echetla or Eketla) as well as many other centers in the Val di Noto, Prince Carlo Maria Carafa Branciforte founded on his fiefdom about 2 km from the hill of Occhiolà the settlement of Granmichele or Grammichele.

The prince himself, assisted by friar Michele from Ferla, designed the hexagonal plan of the new town, a choice that was also adopted in Avola. The perimeter is a hexagon with a hexagonal square in the center with five annular arteries around the central square, where to Cathedral and the Municipal Palace are locatd, and other six streets radiate perpendicular to the five, leading into as many rectangular squares with closed corners and access at the center of the sides. These squares in turn generate as many peripheral rectangular neighborhoods, with an orthogonal stret network all around the central hexagonal area.

Demographics - Number of Inhabitants

Year 1861: 10392
Year 1871: 10329
Year 1881: 11872
Year 1901: 15017
Year 1911: 20316
Year 1921: 27003
Year 1931: 13393
Year 1936: 14014
Year 1951: 14210
Year 1961: 14486
Year 1971: 12286
Year 1981: 13668
Year 1991: 13609
Year 2001: 13395
Year 2011: 13064
Year 2023: 12405
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