Contessa Entellina (Albanian: Kundisa) is a small comune of 1,981 inhabitants in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, southern Italy.
Is located in the "Valle del Belìce" to 571 meters above sea level in the mountains called Brinjat, is situated 80 km from Palermo and 40 km from Sciacca. The country, along with Piana degli Albanesi and Santa Cristina Gela, is among the three ethnic communities Albanian (Arbëreshë) of Sicily, who still speak the ancient language Albanian (arbërisht).
The foundation is attributed to the Countess about 1450 on the ruins of a remote farmhouse seniority, the Hamlet of Comitissa, but the chapter officers, the granting of fiefs, were built in 1520, when he start the rebuilding, upgrading and restocking of Albanians from Albania and the southern Morea.
In ancient times it was near them the ancient Elymian city of Entella, in fact, with the discovery of archaeological ancient site, to give relief to the old site, you would add the name of the country, even the term Entella
Today Contessa Entellina keeps the Albanian language, the culture of their ancestors, and holds the Byzantine-Greek rite; but lives a very difficult period. From earthquake of Belice to date have followed many migrations, halving the population and depopulating the city center, the Albanian language is also taught to fewer and fewer young people, so the vcomunità is constantly lost and stolen the identities.
People from Contessa Entellina 
- Nicola Chetta (1741–1803), Byzantine-Greek rite priest, ethnographic, writer and poet.
- Antonino Cuccia (1850–1938), popular poet whose work represent an important testimony of the Arbëreshë language spoken in Contessa Entellina.
- Lorenzo Tardo (1883–1967), Basilian priest and scholar of Byzantine music.
- Vincenzo Scramuzza (1886?-1956), Italian-American historian.
- Leonardo Lala (1906–2000), writer and expert of Arbëreshë language, history and folk traditions.
- Matteo Sciambra (1914–1967), Byzantine rite priest, university professor and writer, whose work focuses on the study of the Arbëreshë language and on the preservation of the Byzantine liturgical heritage of the Arbëreshë communities in Sicily.
Table bilingual Italian-Albanian
Church of Holy Annunciation and St. Nicholas
inside the mother church Byzantine, iconostasis
Priest of the Orthodox rite
Albanian flag in the streets of Contessa
Map of comune of Contessa Entellina
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