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Cefalù history

The history of Cefalù


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HISTORY

The name of Cefalù derives from Greek KEFALOIDION or KEPHALOIDIOS, whose meaning is bound up with the characteristic form of the Fortress that rises above it, like a little head.

 

There isn’t accurate information about the origins of Cefalù, but the town is believed to be founded by the Greeks or the Punics in the V century B.C. and conquered by the Romans in 254 B.C., so joining the Sicilian province.

 

During the Middle Ages (858 A.C.), Cefalù was conquered by the Arabs and was a part of Arabian emirate until it was freed by the Normans and it was rebuilt thanks to Roger II in 1131.

 

During the Risorgimento, history of Cefalù is connected with the historical events of Sicily, first, and Italy, then, in the struggle against Bourbons.





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