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Torre Cabrera, Pozzallo

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The Torre Cabrera is a watchtower in Pozzallo, Sicily. It was originally built in the 15th century, and was enlarged and rebuilt in the following centuries. Today, it is in good condition and it is open to the public as a museum.
In the 15th century, the site of Pozzallo had natural springs known as "Pozzofeto" and "Senia", which were marked on nautical charts and were well known among sailors. When the Chiaramontes, Counts of Modica built a warehouse complex containing docks and ramps for the loading of goods on ships, it became necessary to construct fortifications in order to defend the area. In the early 15th century, King Alfonso V of Aragon authorized Count Giovanni Bernardo Cabrera to construct a tower which bore his name. The coat of arms of the House of Cabrera is sculpted inside the tower.
The tower became an impressive structure and it had great military importance, since it was used to defend Pozzallo from attacks by pirates. The tower was garrisoned by soldiers and gunners, and guns of different calibers were placed on its terraces. Captured pirates or other criminals were executed at the tower by being placed in a room on the rocks and being drowned by the high tide.
The tower was modified and enlarged in the first half of the 16th century, during the reign of Emperor Charles V.
The tower collapsed during the 1693 Sicily earthquake. It was rebuilt, although some modifications were made to its original design.
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  • Unfortunately the Tower was closed and there was no way that I could know when it would be opened to the public. I just went around it from the outside and I must say it's a gem of a place and it's.....  more »
  • Not much in way of sights but has a bit of history. The surrounding Piazza and restaurants / bars is a nice place to hangout in the evening.  more »
  • The Sicilians are great for decor and even greater food magicians but the dirt on the beaches (sand, rocks and the sea) in the form of plastic, glass and cigarette butts is really off-putting and a sad spectacle.
  • If like the smell of sea and tranquility of the small city... So, visit Torre Cabrera in Pozzallo.
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