Fort Sabaudo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2009 21:31

Virtual Tour  3d

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On the top of the hill that dominates the basilica of Sant’Antioco, overlooking the Punic necropolis of ancient sulky, is Fort Sabaudo, locally known as “su pisu”.  The roofless military building was built between 1813 and 1815, during the height of the Savoy period.  Due to the continuous incursions of barbarian invaders, the authorities of Sant’Antioco at the end of the 1700’s devised a defence plan that included the construction of a small fort at the entrance to the island near the Roman bridge. On the 22 of July 1812, a Tunisian fleet landed on the Gulf of Palmas and the pirates assaulted and took over the fort, taking numerous prisoners.  The inhabitants of Sant’Antioco were dismayed at the ease with which the invaders had invaded the island and complained against the viceroy, threatening him with exodus.

It was thus decided to build a new fortification nearer to the village.  The funds needed for its construction were collected by a tax division of social class together with funds from the government. The project was drawn up by the German official Ambrogio Capson.  The site chosen for the fort was the top of the hill called “Sa guardia de su pisu”and was probably influenced by different factors.  Given the scarce funds for the building’s construction, they took advantage of military constructions of the past; a sprawling three-towered nuraghe polilobato built in 1500 B.C. of which you can see a part of a tower on your lower left, and the Punic fortifications of 379 B.C. They were both built on the top of the hill as you can see by the masses of red trachyte arranged at the base of the fort.  As well as its strategic position, the cannons of the fort would have protected the church and village of Sant’Antioco.  In February of 1813 the work began and lasted for two years.