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the original name of marsala

The original name of Marsala, from the Arab “Marsa-Allah” meaning port of God, was Lilibeo and it was a quadrilateral surrounded by defence walls with a gate on each side. If you look towards the sea from Piazza della Repubblica or Piazza Loggia, on the corner with the small piazza Dittatura Garibaldina, you can admire the two gates of the four that still stand: Porta Garibaldi, previously known as Porta del Mare, and on the right, Porta Nuova. On the left at the end of the "Cassaro" – the pedestrianised area in the heart of town – there used to be Porta Mazara, which was destroyed during the bombing of the Second World War, while behind you stood the Porticella, of which there are no traces left. The historic centre is entirely pedestrianised and therefore convenient to visit. The Duomo was dedicated to the Bishop of Canterbury because it was originally built by English entrepreneurs who found inspiration for the Marsala wine in the vineyards of Marsala.

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