Contessa Entellina

Contessa Entellina, (Palermo)
Contessa Entellina (Albanian: Kundisa; Sicilian: Cuntissa) is a small comune of 2,184 inhabitants in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, southern Italy.Is located in the "Valle del Belìce" to 571 metres (1,873 ft) above sea level in the mountains called Brinjat, is situated 80 km from Palermo. The country, along with Piana degli Albanesi and Santa Cristina Gela, is among the three ethnic communities of Arbëreshë of Sicily, who still speak Albanian, carefully preserve the Orthodox rite, the Albanian costumes, musical and gastronomic traditions of the ancient Albania.HistoryThe foundation is attributed to about 1450 on the ruins of a remote farmhouse seniority, the "Comitissa", but the chapter officers, the granting of fiefs, were built in 1520, when he start the rebuilding, upgrading and restocking of Albanians from Albania and nd subsequently also by the southern Morea, from Albanian communities where they lived from 1300.In ancient times it was near them the ancient Elymian city of Entella, in fact, with the discovery of archaeological ancient site, to give relief to the old site, you would add the name of the country, even the term Entella.Today Contessa Entellina keeps the Albanian language, the culture of their ancestors, and holds the Byzantine-Greek rite; but lives a very difficult period. From earthquake of Belice to date have followed many migrations, halving the population and depopulating the city center, the Albanian language is also taught to fewer and fewer young people, so the vcomunità is constantly lost and stolen the identities.Notable peopleNicola Chetta (1741–1803), Byzantine-Greek rite priest, ethnographic, writer and poet.Antonino Cuccia (1850–1938), popular poet whose work represent an important testimony of the Arbëreshë language spoken in Contessa Entellina.Lorenzo Tardo (1883–1967), Basilian priest and scholar of Byzantine music.Vincenzo Scramuzza (1886?–1956), historian Italo-Albanian of America.Leonardo Lala (1906–2000), writer and expert of Arbëreshë language, history and folk traditions.Matteo Sciambra (1914–1967), Byzantine rite priest, university professor and writer, whose work focuses on the study of the Arbëreshë language and on the preservation of the Byzantine liturgical heritage of the Arbëreshë communities in Sicily.GallerySee alsoAlbaniaByzantine RiteEparchy of Piana degli AlbanesiGeorge Kastrioti SkanderbegExternal linksContessa Entellina Birth, Marriage and Death Records 1820-1865Contessa Entellina Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, founded in 1896Contessa Entellina in Google Maps

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