Pozzillo Tower
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Pozzillo Tower

It was built starting from the first half of the 1600s, as it was not detected in 1578 by the royal architect Tiburzio Spannocchi during his reconnaissance. Even at the time of Camillo Camilliani's reconnaissance in 1584 it does not appear to have been built yet, despite the fact that he had found that in the cove in front they could hide: “there can be 25 galleys” ”.

In 1625 the tower was not yet completed, even if the relative guardians and “torrari” were already indicated in the registers of the Deputation of the Kingdom of Sicily.

Also from the registers of the Deputation of the Kingdom of Sicily, in 1691 we learn that it had been entrusted to the Prince of Carini and that the garrison was made up of three men in all, including the gunner.

From 1714 to 1717 always from the said registers it appears that the armament consisted of: 1 bronze cannon with carriage on wheels; 2 guns; 6 arquebuses; 1 bronze culverine (called “masculo or mascolo”); 5 halberds; 28 cannonballs.

In 1811 it is mentioned as its garrison was arrested for cowardice in the face of the enemy as it did not intervene to rescue an American ship attacked by pirates.

The tower is mentioned in 1823 in the official cartography of the Bourbon army, but with the name of "new tower", in 1867 it is included in the list of military works to be disposed of.


Source: Wikipedia

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

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Photo: Di Salvatore Ciambra from Palermo, Italy - D7A_1568_bis_Torre_Pozzillo, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27933660

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