Sixty-seven of the eighty-five Genoese lookout towers built during the 16th century still stand on 500 kilometers, or half, of Corsica's coastlines. (Corsica was under Genoa dominion for five centuries before it was finally annexed to France.) Lookout guards would build fires on the top of the round towers to alert villages of the approach of Barbary pirates.
guetter: to watch out for
un guetteur: a lookout
un pirate: a pirate
un tour: a tower; also a turn or a voyage
Photos courtesy of Pierre Lechanteux.
©2012 P.B. Lecron