Pylons of Messina

Via Nuova, 77, 98164 Messina ME, Italy

These midcentury electrical pylons that reach a height of 232 meters (761 feet) are icons of Italy’s postwar regeneration and now have protected status as historical monuments. They began transmitting power in 1955 and were decommissioned in 1993—the conductors were removed a year later. In addition to being visibly arresting industrial relics, they remain useful for meteorological measurements, high distance rescue training and telecommunications. The pylon on the Sicilian side is accessible to visitors, with a staircase leading to the top of the tower.

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