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Bastia

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Upper Corsica

Bastia - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Upper Corsica
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City of Art and History, Bastia is also the chief town of Upper Corsica. Its old town has preserved its authentic aspect: typical narrow streets and period buildings of the Terra-Vecchia district; old picturesque port, with its 17th-century Saint-Jean-Baptiste church and the atmosphere of its cafés and restaurants. Near the old port, the Saint-Nicolas square is decorated with palm trees and is a very bustling location with its cafe terraces, in particular during the market on Sunday morning. The marketplace, lined with old houses, is very popular for its traditional market.

The Genoese citadel (Terra-Nova) was built between the 15th and the 17th century. Its ramparts are home to the Governors palace, the former residence of the Genoese governors, but also the 17th-century Sainte-Marie cathedral and the oratory of the 15th-century Sainte-Croix brotherhood (Sainte-Croix chapel).

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Bastia

Bastia was born in 1378 when the Genoese governor Leonello Lomellini Biguglia left the castle and moved into a fortress "has Bastia". This site overlooking a marine fishing was then called Porto Cardo (now Old Port). His successors retained this residence.

Installing Genoese citizens and the construction of walls protecting the habitat was born a new neighborhood: Terra Nova (now Citadel). The former Porto Cardo became opposed, Terra Vechhia. The walls were completed in 1480 and it was not until fifty years (1530) to be completed, overlooking the old dungeon, the Palace of Governors.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the upper town follows the tradition of sponge cities: grid plan and straight streets. Many religious orders are created and an intense cultural life develops.

From the late 18th century the prosperous city and its population is growing significantly. During the 19th century, the city extends north and on higher ground. The urban landscape is changing so: Construction of the courthouse, extending from San Nicolas, built many stately buildings along wide boulevards. The heart of the city then this aspect can be admired today.

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Leisure centres
Monuments
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Events and festivities

Bastia is the cultural capital of Corsica. With its theater seats nearly 1,000 and the many cultural groups that make up a very dense network, the bastiaises evenings, winter and summer, almost all assigned to the culture.

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The steeple of St. Mary
The steeple of St. Mary
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The old port and the Church of St. Jean Baptiste night
The old port and the Church of St. Jean Baptiste night
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The Citadel Bastia and the water from the Old Port
The Citadel Bastia and the water from the Old Port
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St Nicolas Place
St Nicolas Place
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The bell tower of the Palace of the Governors
The bell tower of the Palace of the Governors
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Terra Vecchia from the sky
Terra Vecchia from the sky
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Inauguration of the museum Bastia
Inauguration of the museum Bastia
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Tour du Cap Corse: Directions: At the north exit of Bastia, take Route du Cap. Coastguard Path to Cape Point for hiking enthusiasts: an unforgettable day of walking with stunning beaches...

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