Torra di Galeria

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Tower of Galeria
Native name
Corsican: Torra di Galeria
Coordinates 42°25′07″N 8°39′27″E / 42.41861°N 8.65750°E / 42.41861; 8.65750Coordinates: 42°25′07″N 8°39′27″E / 42.41861°N 8.65750°E / 42.41861; 8.65750
Built between 1551 and 1573
Type Inscrit
Designated 22 April 1994
Reference no. PA00132605
Torra di Galeria is located in Corsica
Torra di Galeria
Location of Tower of Galeria in Corsica

The Tower of Galeria (Corsican: Torra di Galeria) or Calcinaggia or Calcinaghja is a ruined Genoese tower located in the commune of Galéria (Haute-Corse) on the west coast of the French island of Corsica. The tower sits on the south side of the estuary of the River Fangu.

The Tour de Galéria was built between 1551 and 1573.[1] It was one of a series of coastal defences built by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to stem the attacks by Barbary pirates.[2] It is included in a list compiled by the Genoese authorities in 1617 that records that the tower was guarded by a chief and two soldiers who were paid by the town of Calvi.[3] In 1994 the tower was listed as one of the official historical monuments of France.[1]

The estuary to the north of the tower is owned by an agency of the French state, the Conservatoire du littoral.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Monuments historiques: Tour de Galeria ou de Calcinaggia ou Calcinaghja" (in French). Ministère de la culture. Retrieved 4 May 2014. .
  2. ^ Graziani, Antoine-Marie (2000). "Les ouvrages de défense en Corse contre les Turcs (1530-1650)". In Vergé-Franceschi, Michel; Graziani, Antoine-Marie. La guerre de course en Méditerranée (1515-1830) (in French). Paris: Presses de l'Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. pp. 73–144. ISBN 2-84050-167-8. 
  3. ^ Graziani, Antoine-Marie (1992). Les Tours Littorales (in French and Italian). Ajaccio, France: Alain Piazzola. p. 136, no. 51. ISBN 2-907161-06-7. 
  4. ^ "Embouchure du Fangu". Conservatoire du littoral, Ministère de l'écologie, du développement durable et de l'énergie. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • Nivaggioni, Mathieu; Verges, Jean-Marie. "Les Tours Génoises Corses" (in French).  Includes information on how to reach 90 towers and many photographs.