Favara is a inland town in the Province area of Agrigento.
The town has Arab origins and its name means water spring.
The area was inhabited since prehistory.
In Middle Ages the Chiaramonte family which had French origins, built up a castle and made of the village a place where criminals could take refugee without being put into prison.
The most important religious feast of Favara is dedicated to Saint Anthony and it takes place in June.
The Easter Lamb Fair is the most important local fair. It takes place during the holy week and it is dedicated to a local dish, that is a marzipan lamb stuffed with pistachio.
It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and it dates from the end of the 19th century.
Inside the church you find a statue of Saint Anthony, the patron Saint of Favara.
It is open to visitors and often it houses temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
It was built between the 12th and the 13th century.
The building is well preserved and it has been well restored.
It is very interesting and it has medieval origins.
It was not a defensive castle as it’s not built on top of a mountain. Maybe it was originally used as residential palace during the hunting season.
Some of its walls show coats of arms, some still show remains of frescoes typical of the buildings financed by the Chiaramonte family. The kitchens of the palace were later used as prisons and even today you can see the marks left by the former prisoners.
It started to be excavated in 1985 by archaeologist Giuseppe Castellana, and Brian E. Mc Connel.
It was built not far from the roman road between Agrigentum and Catana and it was inhabited from the 1st to the 6th century A.D.
You can still see some remains of the ancient roman baths with mosaic floors.
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