Brigands Cave in Cavagrande del Cassibile

Brigands Cave in Cavagrande del Cassibile

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 Cassibile (SR)

The Grotta dei Briganti, "robbers cave", or Cunziria Cave complex, located within the Cavagrande del Cassibile Nature Reserve , is a cave dwelling complex of the troglodyte type , that is a series of caves presumably built by the Sicilians.
The complex, located on the opposite wall with respect to that of the Dieri complex, has developed by exploiting a natural ravine and thanks to the presence of a source of drinking water the Sicilians built another housing complex. The inhabited area, accessible only by a very dangerous path overhanging the quarry, consists of dozens of caves dug inside a ravine, which looks like a huge cave. Over the centuries this rock complex has been inhabited and exploited: from the Sicilians who made it, from the Byzantines, from the Arabs who built the leather tannery , from which the name of "Cunziria" derives, until the nineteenth century when the brigands used it as a refuge , hence the name "cave of the brigands".

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