Cities of France: Ayachcho

The capital of the province, the largest city and the port on the island of Corsica – Ajaccio (Aiacciu, Ajaccio) is located on its West Bank, in the picturesque eponymous bay.

According to legends, the city was founded by Ajax – the hero of the Trojan War, but it is more likely that the name of the city comes from the Latin word adjaccium (literally – "resting-place") because the spells descending from the mountains to replenish the reserves and selling their products here. The Old Town, who was once located in the Northern District of Castelvekho, was destroyed by Sarcins in the X century, and modern Ayachcho rose around the citadel founded in 1492. Therefore, all historical monuments are dated by the period of the XV-XIX centuries, and the capital of the island itself is considered a fairly interesting place.


Core Old Town looks now like a few quarters of ancient cobbled streets focused around Foc Square, which adjoins the embankment and port. Square de Gaulle, Also known as Plyans-di-diamond, is the most popular starting point for excursions, although the only remarkable monument here is considered a huge bronze Equestrian statue of Napoleon I (1865 g.).

The city is generally literally impregnated by Napoleon’s cult – the famous Corsican was born here, although he spent only 9 years on the island. Over Foc Square, or Dance Del Palmiere, dominates Fountain of Four Marble Lviv, on which he rests completely inevitable here Statue of Napoleon, And a clearly more modest statue of the holy patronage of the city – La Madonnuchia (1656 g.) – takes only a niche in a nearby wall. In the northern part of the square rises Town Hall (1826 g.) With its similar prison gates and Napoleonic salon (there is an exact copy of the emperor’s posthumous mask and many objects belonging to or copying personal belongings Bonaparte). Every day (except Sunday winter), the area behind the Town Hall takes a small fair on which you can buy the best samples of goods of local farmers. But truly cult is the colossal House Bonaparte On the square of the Leticia – Native House of Napoleon. Belonging to the state since 1923, he actually has quite a few traces of stay here "Little Corsican", But retained many other items of those years, including an endless series of portraits, miniatures, weapons, cards, letters and documents. Nearby is I Cathedral Ayachcho (1587-1593.), in which Napoleon was baptized in 1771.

East you can go to Boulevard Danielle Casanova, Where in the eyes immediately rushes beautiful carved entrance gates of tiny Museum of Kapitel (Opened from May to October, from Monday to Saturday – from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00, on Sundays – from 10.00 to 12.00; Login – 4 euros) with a good exposure telling about life Ayachcho in the XIX century. Opposite the museum rises carefully restored hexagonal fortress, Sadded Wide Cape (closed for public). Founded in the XV century, the fort was never completed, but is an indispensable element of the Panorama Ayachcho. A little further on the embankment, in front of the municipal sports center, the Sunday flea market spread out, and the farther rank between the Fort and the Square and the stroke of narrow beaches.

North from Town Hall and City Tourist Office WWW.Ajaccio-Tourisme.COM leads a delightful winding street Rue Cardinal-Fesch, replete shopping, cafes and restaurants. Here is the best city gallery – Museum Fesha. Cardinal Joseph Feshe was Uncle Napoleon and Bishop Lyon, so he used his profitable position to invest in paintings, which now serve the legal pride of Ayachcho. Immediately behind the courtyard of the gallery is located Chapel-Imperial Chapel (1857 g.), whose crypt is buried by members of the Bonaparte family. The last desire of the Cardinal was the rest of all the members of this extensive family under the same roof, which was fulfilled.

Tourist subscription

To visit local museums and galleries as convenient as possible, it is recommended to purchase a special Passemusee card (10 euros), which provides free entrance to all museums of the city and districts (except Bandera) and valid for seven days from the first visit.

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