Lat: 37° 16' 11.19153" N - Long: 15° 0' 52.49619" E
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The foundation of the town, the "Lentini of Carlo", must be traced back to the year 1551, and must be seen in the context of a military strategy operation: a more comprehensive project to defend the island from barbarian raids.
On Sicily, in fact, the wars between Charles V, king of Spain, and Suleiman, emperor of Constantinople, raged.
The Viceroy of the time, Giovanni De Vega, completed the military fortifications.
The town was born as a fortress-city based on a project by the military engineer Pietro di Prato.
In order that "Carleontina", that is founded by Charles, with epithet of impregnable, was inhabited, De Vega made wide concessions of ground, of privileges and exemptions to whoever wanted to live here.
Many workers from the neighboring towns took up residence there, and were involved in the construction of the fortifications.
In 1561 Carlentini was destroyed by a terrible fire.
On 9 and 11 January 1693 a terrible earthquake destroyed the Val di Noto, and Carlentini also ruined.
The town was rebuilt respecting the pre-existing orthogonal plant.
Only on January 15, 1857, the territory of Carlentini was detached from that of Lentini, allowing the town of Charles to obtain full economic independence.
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The only castle in Sicily with a fortress appearance with a fortified village
Castello di Carini
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