Torra di Portu

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Tower of Portu
Native name
Corsican: Torra di Portu
Corse Ota Porto tour genoise 2.jpg
Coordinates42°16′4.2″N 8°41′30.3″E / 42.267833°N 8.691750°E / 42.267833; 8.691750Coordinates: 42°16′4.2″N 8°41′30.3″E / 42.267833°N 8.691750°E / 42.267833; 8.691750
Designated22 June 1946
Reference no.PA00099100
Torra di Portu is located in Corsica
Torra di Portu
Location of Tower of Portu in Corsica

The Tower of Portu (Corsican: Torra di Portu) is a ruined Genoese tower located in the commune of Ota (Corse-du-Sud) on the west coast of the Corsica. The tower sits on a rocky outcrop at a height of 45 metres (148 ft) in the Gulf of Porto.

The construction of the Tower of Portu began in around 1551. It 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][2] The tower was one of the earliest towers built on the west coast of Corsica. The design of the tower is unusual in being square rather than round. It is owned by the department and in 1946 was listed as one of the official historical monuments of France.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Graziani, Antoine-Marie (2000). "Les ouvrages de défense en Corse contre les Turcs (1530-1650)". In Vergé-Franceschi, Michel; Graziani, Antoine-Marie (eds.). La guerre de course en Méditerranée (1515-1830) (in French). Paris: Presses de l'Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. p. 110. ISBN 2-84050-167-8.
  2. ^ Istria, Daniel; Harnéquaux, Mathieu. "La protection du littoral : un enjeu majeur aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles". Sevi - Sorru Cruzzini - Cinarca (PDF) (in French). Centre Régional de Documentation Pédagogique de Corse. p. 20.
  3. ^ Base Mérimée: Tour génoise de Porto, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)

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.