Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 06/11/2017


Photo taken on May 25, 2017



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Tower of Silence or White Tower, Capo di Conca

Tower of Silence or White Tower, Capo di Conca
This tower was part of the defensive tower system built along the coast of the entire Amalfi Coast, to defend the population from pirate raids. However, after the battle of Lepanto, when a fleet of a coalition of southern European Catholic maritime states decisively defeated the main fleet of the Ottoman Empire, the tower lost its original purpose and was used until 1949 as a cemetery.

Pirates and Saracens plagued the whole area between the 9th and 16th centuries. Defence towers were built near the populated areas; they were granted a garrison and, often, a cannon battery. There were also smaller watch-towers, with fewer soldiers, that were situated in positions which were difficult to reach but allowed a good view of the vast sea and horizon. Each tower could be seen from its neighbouring tower, so that they could communicate quickly through smoke (by daylight) or fire (by night) signs.

tatranka7, Rosalyn Hilborne, Andy Rodker and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
I love small headlands such as this!
Fine shot and notes.
2 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Andy Rodker
Thanks andy
2 months ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
Wow beautiful.
2 months ago.
Doug Wall
Doug Wall
Thanks Rosa
2 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Impressive..........especially when you consider the amount of work that must have gone into building this. It still dominates the area now!!

Nicely taken Doug.
2 months ago.
tatranka7
tatranka7
Amazing place...
2 months ago.