Sambuca is well known for its well preserved example of Arab traditional buildings such as the Vicoli Saraceni and the Mazzallakkar fortress.
Sambuca was founded by the Arab Emir Al-Zabut in 830 AC and was named Zabuth to honour its founder. The village is located at the foot of Mount Genuardo between the Belice and Sosio rivers. Today visitors can admire well preserved example of Arab traditional buildings such as the Vicoli Saraceni, also known as “Li Setti Vaneddi”, and the Mazzallakkar fortress.
The most important monuments of the village are:
the Mother Church, built in the 17th century on the ruins of the ancient Church of S.Pietro Apostolo, has a Roman cross plan with three naves and a charming highly decorated ring bell. Its facade displays an Arab-Norman main entrance and impressive Baroque and Renaissance decorations;
the Church and Convent of Carmine, built in 1530 by Don Salvatore Bardi Mastrantonio, Marquess of Sambuca;
the Orange Lake (Lago Arancio) is an artificial lake framed by the fascinating Resinata forest. This green area includes the amazing Tardara Caves and the ruins of the Mazzallakkar fortress; the Castle of Sambuca, built by Emir Zabuth to protect the village, has a wonderful belvedere where it is possible to enjoy a beautiful view of Adragna, Giuliana and Caltabellotta.
People live here:
Festa Madonna dell’Udienza and Sagra delle Minni di Virgini,(15-18/05) it is an holy festivity and food festival
How to get there:
Get on SS624 to Strada Provinciale 44/SP44 in Santa Margherita di Belice. Take the exit towards Montevago/Sambuca di S./S. Margherita B. from SS624. Follow Strada Provinciale 70/SP70 to SS188 in Sambuca di Sicilia.
Get on A29dir/E933. Take A29/E90 to Via Caduti di Nassirya in Castelvetrano. Take exit Castelvetrano from A29/E90. Take SS115, Strada Provinciale 41/SP41, SS624 and Strada Provinciale 70/SP70 to Piazza della Vittoria/Via Roma in Sambuca di Sicilia.
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