November 23, 2015
2064 FRANCE (Corsica) - The fishermen port of Centuri
Situated in the north of Corsica, on the west part of Cap Corse, the municipality of Centuri is made up of 7 villages and hamlets (225 inhabitants), all of which are perched on the mountainside. Its coastline is very jagged and rocky, and there is a bird reserve on the island of Capense. Centuri has no airport and no port, just a small fishermen port, which it seems that date back to the 6th century BC. It was known under the name of «Centurinum Civitas», and was connected to Macinaggio by a Roman road.
Until the end of the 12th century the town belonged to Seigneur Peverelli, who had the support of Genoa. In the 13th century the port of Centuri was the second most important port of the island after Erbalunga, and the Genovese fortified the island of Capense. In the 18th century the port served as a military harbour, and the town constructed a pier. In 1767, Paul Mattei, a native of Centuri, managed to recapture the island of Capraia from the Genovese. Sadly the port was destroyed by the British in 1794.
About the stamps
The first stamp, designed by Maurice Gouju after a work of Evie Hone, is the Irish Imaginary Saint Patrick, and was issued on March 18, 1996.
The second stamp, depicting Communication seen by Moebius, is part of the series Communication seen by 12 French comic book authors, issued on January 31, 1988. The third stamp, depicting Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), is one of the six stamps of the Series of Famous People, issued on February 13, 1981.
Centuri - Go To Corsica
Sender: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from Meylan (Rhône-Alpes / France), on 17.11.2015
Photo: Jean Christophe Attard