National Geographic : 1909 Jan
O narrow strip of land between the water and hills, which were crowned by fortresses. C2NPhoto from Mrs Alexander Graham Bell MESSINA, THE SECOND CITY OF SICILY, BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE OF DECEMBER, 1908, WHEN 80,000 WERE KILLED Messina was a modern city, built on the most ancient site of Sicily, but contained few remains of antiquity because ofrepeated earthquakes. The city- was almost entirely destroyed by the earthquake of 1783. The houses extended along the shore, occupying a narrow strip of land between the water and hills, which were crowned by fortresses.