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Tower of Vinaccia: photos, description Torre di Vignazza)

Vignacce tower - guard tower of the 16th century, located in the city of Giardini Naxos in Sicily. It is a square building three stories tall. The tower was built in 1544 for observing the Capo Schizo and the southern shore of the eponymous port, also known as al Khusus in that era at these places have made their raids by Barbary pirates under the leadership of Khair ad-DIN Barbarossa, which destroyed fishing villages and drove their inhabitants into slavery. When guards noticed the approach of an enemy vessel, they set off the alarm, which allowed the population of the surrounding villages to take shelter or prepare to attack. In addition, the signal from Vignacce was visible in the Castello San Marco, in the town of Calatabiano.

Around the coast of Sicily was built many similar structures, which protected the inhabitants from the raids of pirates from Tripoli, Tunisia and Algeria. In the area of Giardini Naxos, in addition to the tower, Vinyassa for military purposes were also built observation tower at the Castello Skit and a small line of fortifications, now included in the local Archaeological Museum. Interesting fact: the attacks of pirates in the Mediterranean sea finally ceased only in the first half of the 19th century, when Algeria was colonized by France.

Tower of Vignacce located in the town of Recanati, which is not directly part of the territory of Giardini Naxos. Next to it lies the archaeological Park visited by tourists. And in the tower itself, the occasional thematic exhibitions and various presentations.