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M.A.P.S.

A military outpost that at the time housed 72 men: 72 souls far from home, from their families. A community that observed the passage of time by scanning the horizon over the sea, always alert, because the enemy almost always did not show up and was not announced.

ENVIRONMENTAL MUSEUM OF PUNTA GIGLIO

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MAPS Punta Giglio

Soon it will be possible to visit the Open Air Museum M.A.P.S.

The new museum area is located in the former coastal battery “Sr. 413” of Punta Giglio, a work of the Royal Navy built between the two world wars and located 100 meters above sea level to protect the important bay of Porto Conte, equippped by the 1937 of a seaplane base for military and civil use.

That of Punta Giglio was a battery ready to defend the coasts from both sea and air attacks that were not lacking. A military outpost that at the time housed 72 men: 72 souls far from home, from their families.

A community that observed the passage of time by scanning the horizon over the sea, always alert, because the enemy almost always did not show up and was not announced.

The enemy that the sailors began to know on a hot night between 31 July and 1 August 1941 (which also coincides with the disappearance of Saint-Exupéry in 1944) when, the two British destroyers Cossack and Maori fired a few cannon shots from the dark of the harbor, even if no one returned fire, an enemy who also knew well of the presence of that important, albeit primordial Freya-type Radar, placed there by the Germans in 1943, because the allied Lightning P-38s were now more present , with armed flocks that often aimed at the Battery and the Idroscalo

 

 

Near the shooting center we also have the remains of the Torre del Liiri, or Torre del Giglio, a coastal tower built by the Aragonese at the end of the 1500s and most likely in the same years as the nearby Torre Nuova of 1572, also used in the Second World War, where the Command of the 50th Photoelectric Sections.

Now the Torre Nuova houses the headquarters of the M.A.S.E. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Museum), where the author of The Little Prince stayed in those places in 1944.

The M.A.P.S. through explanatory panels along the path located between the various military buildings, it will accompany visitors into that not-so-distant world, where the sound of war has been replaced by the sounds of nature.

The M.A.P.S. through explanatory panels along the path located between the various military buildings, it will accompany visitors into that not-so-distant world, where the sound of war has been replaced by the sounds of nature.