Soleils Portes - Collioure, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 42° 31.519 E 003° 05.122
31T E 507010 N 4708107
Quick Description: This abstract sculpture of a sailing ship commemorates the expulsion of Jewish people from the then Spanish Town of Collioure.
Location: Occitanie, France
Date Posted: 9/12/2014 11:40:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMMFCF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The Catalan town of Collioure has been fought over in history and although part of France today in 1493 was Spanish and ruled over by the King of the island of Mallorca.

According to this Dutch website Spain having recently expelled the occupying force of the Moors was trying to re-establish their national identity expelled Jewish people from the nation.

The Jews were given the opportunity to stay if they converted to Christianity, but in 1493 the last Jews who refused to convert left the town of Collioure on the sailing ships Santa Maria and Sant Cristofol.

The steel sculpture by Francesca Caruana forms a sail, billowing in the wind supported by a metal mast. It is situated on the esplanade at the base of the wall of the Royal Castle at Collioure which at the time was owned by the King of Mallorca.

There is a plaque underneath the sculpture in both French and Catalan.

The French version
"SOLEILS PORTES" - Sculpture de Francesca CARAUNA
Commémoration de l'expulsion du peuple juif catalan.
En Novembre 1493 partirent de Collioure, les 39 derniers juifs non convertis du Roussillon, chassés par l'inquisition et ses rois asservis (familles: GN MOSSE, FUENTES, ASDAY, STELINA,
BENDIT, NISSIM, SALOMON, de LARAT, PETROSSA, de PIERA, N. MOSSE, JACOB, LA LOBELA et un enfant, embarqués sur le "SANTA-MARIA et sur la SANT CRISTOFOL')."
The Catalan version
"SOLEILS PORTES" - Escultura de Francesca CARAUNA
Commemoració de l' expulsió del poble català jueu.
De Cotlliure, pel novembre del 1493, marxaren els 39 últims jueus no conversos del Rosselló, foragitats per la inquisició i els seus reis asservits (familes: GN Mossé, Fuentes, Asday, Stelina, Bendit, Nissim, Salomon, de Larat, Petrossa, de Piera, N. Mossé, Jacob, La Lobela i un nen embarcats en el "Santa Maria i Sant Cristófol" )"
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