Tour de Girolata

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Tour de Girolata
Coordinates 42°20′51″N 8°36′46″E / 42.34750°N 8.61278°E / 42.34750; 8.61278Coordinates: 42°20′51″N 8°36′46″E / 42.34750°N 8.61278°E / 42.34750; 8.61278
Built 1551-1552
Designated 11 April 2008
Reference no. PA2A000003
Tour de Girolata is located in Corsica
Tour de Girolata
Location of Tour de Girolata in Corsica

The Tour de Gerolata or Fortin de Gerolata (Corsican: Torra di Girolata) is a Genoese tower located in the commune of Osani (Corse-du-Sud) on the west coast of the French island of Corsica. The tower sits at an elevation of 36 m on a rocky outcrop in the Golfe de Girolata.

The tower was built between 1551 and 1552. The construction was initially supervised by Gieronimo da Levanto but on his death he was replaced by Giovan Battista de'Franchi. The tower was one of a series of coastal defences constructed by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to stem the attacks by Barbary pirates.[1] It is now owned by the state and in 2008 was listed as one of the official historical monuments of France.[2]

Drawing of the tower from the Genoese archives dating from the 1590s

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 107–110. ISBN 2-84050-167-8. 
  2. ^ "Monuments historiques: Fortin de Girolata" (in French). Ministère de la culture. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

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