Sub-prefecture, the capital district, Sartène, christened by Merimee "the most Corsican of Corsican towns", is honored, since May 1864 the title of largest municipality in the island.
Built 300 meters above sea level, the city developed from the sixteenth century around medieval structures on the spur of Pitraghiu. Entering Sartène by the old bridge of A Scaledda, we discover that this sector still retains a portion of walls with a corner tower, the watch tower.
From 1520, the Genoese will grip the Pitraghiu and the A Manighedda neighborhood walls which fortified building, the Palace of the Governors, the current City Hall. Built in the sixteenth century still endowed with battlements sheltered housing Lieutenant genoa. At the base of this building the Genoese aménagèrent an arched entry, probably with a drawbridge, which commanded access to the citadel. Above this arch face shield of the city (a crenellated tower, surrounded by two mountain sheep and surmounted by the head of Moor, all in silver).
The parish church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta contains some treasures, some of which are classified historical monuments. Part of this rich heritage is composed of a marble statue of the Madonna and Child dating from the sixteenth century, two paintings, one representing the Annunciation (seventeenth century) and the other a Mater Dolorosa framing the altar in polychrome marble imported from Italy (seventeenth century), and a set of fourteen paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross offered by the Empress Eugenie. The cross and the exposed chains remind that here takes place the evening of Good Friday the procession of Catenacciu symbolizing the rise of Christ at Calvary.
Sartène is classified City of Art and History and is one of the most beautiful corners of France.