Fort of the Centers (Fort Umbertino)
It was part of the fortification system called Forti Umbertini. Among the Umbertini Forts it is the smallest and has some characteristics: tracks for trolleys and accommodation for detached troops. Property included in the list of listed architectural heritage (DA 6258 of 11/07/00)
The Forts called Umbertini are so called because they were built during the reign of Umberto I of Savoy for the defense of the Strait. It is a system of fortifications that is part of a broader plan for the defense of peninsular Italy. Commissioned by the Minister of War Milon at the end of the 7th century. The Royal Decree of 12/1882/1128 n. XNUMX initiated the start of the procedures for the construction of these fortifications. The Umbertini Forts were scarcely used, also because they were not completely suitable for the new forms of attack with the arrival of the planes, still not present as much as the fortifications were conceived and designed. Strong followers fall within the territory of Messica: Mangialupi, Masotto, Monte dei Centri, Campone, Cavalli, Ferraro, Ogliastri, Petrazza, San Jachiddu, Shiaffino, Serra La Croce, Dinnamare, Spuria, Menaja Crispi.
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