Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy situated on the coast of Strait of Sicily, administratively part of Agrigento province. It is namesake of Empedocles (490 – 430 BC), a Greek pre-Socratic philosopher and citizen of the city of Agrigentum (today Agrigento), in his day Greek colony in Sicily. Primary industries of Porto Empedocle include agriculture, ironworking, fishing, pharmaceuticals, rock salt refining. The total area of the town is 24 km2 (9 ml2). In August 2010 its population totalled 17,230 people.
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-1558) ordered a tower built to protect territory's reserves of harvested grain in the 15th century. Later the tower was converted to a prison and is today a social and cultural center. Parrocchia Maria SS.del Buon Consiglio is the main church, which is located in the city center. The marl Scala dei Turchi is nearby, on the coast of Realmonte.
Trade increased in the region following the completion of Porto Empedocle's harbor wall in 1763. In 1853 the comune became autonomous. Its early names include Marina di Girgenti (Agrigento's seashore) and Molo di Girgenti (Agrigento's wharf), after the artificial harbor was constructed. In 1863 the town took its present name.
In 2003, Porto Empedocle changed to Porto Empedocle Vigata its official denomination, after the name of a fictional town where the well known novels by famous Italian writer Andrea Camilleri (born September 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) about detective Montalbano are placed. In 2009, however, the decision was revoked.
Highlights: Agrigento temples, Selinunte
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