Tour d'Erbalunga

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Tour d'Erbalunga
Erbalunga la tour.jpg
Coordinates42°46′25″N 9°28′37″E / 42.77361°N 9.47694°E / 42.77361; 9.47694Coordinates: 42°46′25″N 9°28′37″E / 42.77361°N 9.47694°E / 42.77361; 9.47694
BuiltBetween 1560 and 1617
Designated24 January 1995
Reference no.PA00135319
Tour d'Erbalunga is located in Corsica
Tour d'Erbalunga
Location of Tour d'Erbalunga in Corsica

The Tour d'Erbalunga (Corsican: Torra d'Erbalunga) is a ruined Genoese tower near Erbalunga located in the commune of Brando (Haute-Corse) on the east coast of the Cap Corse on the French island of Corsica.

A tower existed at Erbalunga in 1488. It was destroyed by French forces in their invasion of Corsica in 1553 and was then rebuilt when the French withdrew after the treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis. 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] In 1927 the tower was listed as one of the official historical monuments of France.[2]

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 (eds.). La guerre de course en Méditerranée (1515-1830) (in French). Paris: Presses de l'Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. pp. 98, 111. ISBN 2-84050-167-8.
  2. ^ "Monuments historiques: Tour d'Erbalunga" (in French). Ministère de la culture. Retrieved 4 May 2014..

External links[edit]

Media related to Tour d'Erbalunga at Wikimedia Commons

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