Nubia salt works museum windmill & Trapani Salt Pans - Pictures & Images of - { 54 images } Created 17 Feb 2018

Pictures images & photos of the Nubia salt works museum and its windmill, World Wildlife reserve of Saline di Trapani and Paceco site, Trapani.The history of the Nubia and Trapani salt pans is very ancient and probably dates back to the Phoenician people some three thousand years ago. The origin is not certain because there is no material evidence, but it is very likely that the Phoenicians production of salt was a fundamental component of their economy, since their settlements were built along the coastal areas in the East of Sicily. The first true testimony of a salt works in Trapani is thanks to the Arab geographer Al-Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad, better known as Idrisi or Edrisi, in his "Book for the amusement of those who love to travel the regions" written for the king Norman Roger II in 1154. For centuries the salt pans were of Trapani were known all over Europe, and they constituted the pride of a territory. The favourable climate with its strong het from the sun and winds from the sea, as well as a low rainfall, made salt production at Trapani and Bubia ideal. King Alfonso and Ferdinand of Aragon, 1346, signed the first act of concession for the exploitation of salt works to an individual, the physician Roberto de Naso for his work countering the plague epidemic that raged at that time.From 1440 the salt pans developed along the coast from Trapani to Masala. The techniques of cultivation and harvesting salt in salt pans has remained unchanged over the centuries, only at the end of the eighteenth century the windmills were also used for grinding salt as well as for moving saline into the salt pans through a large "Archimedes screw". The outbreak of world wars, the deterioration of the port at Trapani caused of the closure and abandonment of many of salt pans at Trapani and Nubia. Finally, 1965 a severe flood overwhelmed and covered the salt pans of many saltworks with debris, irreparably damaging the plants and machinery. Since 1991 the entire saltworks area of ​​Trapani and Paceco has been subjected to strict landscape restrictions with the establishment of the nature reserve oriented, whose management has been in charge of the World Wildlife Fund since 1995. The Nubia salt works museum and it picturesque windmill lie at the heart of the Nubia salt pans which are still in use today and can be visited. Flamingoes can be seen feeding in the salt pans many of which can be walked around by visitors.

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