It’s necessary to go back in time to understand the port’s history. The town’s mayor, Baron Federico Indelli and municipal council decided to dedicate the construction to Queen Margherita of Savoia with its advantage to request “40 disused iron cannons to use as ships moorings”.

To acquire the bollards 12,000 Lira was needed. The appointed Royal Navy employee refused the expense and supplied only 37 tons of old used iron for 25 bollards. Today these cannons are still visible along the front of the old pier.

 

Potrebbe interessarti...

The Martinelli – Meo Evoli Palace Together with the castle this palace is undoubtedly the most photographed site of the port. This beautiful palace including the part which overlooks the “old port” was built in the 18th Century along the city walls (part of which are still intact). Built in Neo-Gothic style the loggia overlooking the sea has 8 pointed arches (the same as the entran...
The Castle of Monopoli It’s impossible to visit Monopoli without admiring its castle in the town’s historical centre. Of great architectural interest it was constructed in the 1500s on a promontory reaching into the sea, the fortress was part of the coastal fortifications decided by Charles V of Spain (followed by Don Pedro of Toledo). The manor house, of which the ea...
The “Old Port” – home of the “gozzi” The old port is the true home of the “vozz” – the dialect term for Gozzi, the typical local boats. They’re rowing boats about 3.5 to almost 5 metres long, usually painted an eye catching blue or red, with interesting names of fishermen, saints or the Madonna. Some still carry the ancient lampara lanterns. These local “works of art” made by “shipwri...
The typical Gozzo The Gozzo, unlike other traditional fishing boats with oars used locally in the 1600s and 1700s armed with lateen sails and whose length could reach 8 metres, was much smaller reaching a size of 3.5 to 4.8 metres. Some had masts with lateen sails, others used three or four oars. Fishermen used these for coastal fishing, the smaller “gozzo” (3.7 met...