Isnello

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Isnello
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La 'Madre Madonita'
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The main street
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Isnello

Isnello has eksisted as a settlement for humans since pre-historic times which has been confirmed by finds in some caves in the cliffs nearby the village. During the Punic period around 900 years BC there was a assembling of houses and the placed was called "Hassinor". Then there is a period with hardly any confirmed information but probably there has been a small village during the Greek period. In 835 AC the Saracens arrived with farming and domistic animals.
After the Norman victory Isnello became under the county of Ruggero I but belonged to the diocese of Messina. After the son of Ruggero I, Ruggero II was crowned as the king of Sicily he built the cathedral in Cefalù and Isnello then changed belonging to this diocese.
In 1296 the soldier, Niccolo Abate, became baron of Isnello but sold the barony in 1377 to Francesco II Ventimiglia, count of Geraci. He later moved to Castelbuono. However, the successor, Antonio Ventimiglia was deprived the barony by king Manfred and in 1398 it was handed over to Arnaldo Santa Colomba, a nobleman from Catania. The entailed estate belonged to this family to the year 1700 where in the meantime in 1625 the estate had been upgrated to a county by the king of Sicily in that period. In 1700 died the last member in line of the Santa Colomba family and a female descendant, Donna Giuseppa di Valguarnera, inherited the county but passed it over to Migliaccio, prince of Baucina.
At this point the inhabilants in Isnello have growed tired of always changing masters which was living outside the territory. In 1788 the citizins paid a large sum of money to the prince og Baucina and bought them selves free of future masters.

High up in Isnello are the remains of the old castle. And from this post there is a fantastic view over the village.
Chiesa Madre in the square are build in the 15th century. It is dedicated to San Nicola, patron of the village. The church has 3 naves and is decorated by artist of this period. There is a Baroc wood-work, a speciality for Isnello, by Antonio Ferraro in 1601 and a stuc by Giuseppe Li Volsi.
There are also the church San Michele where the is a cross made by Brother Umile from Petralia.
The Rosario church belonged previously to the Dominican monks but became in 1550 private chapel for the Santa Colomba-family. The alter-piece is painted on wood by the Flamian artist Simone da Wobrek.

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