Cities of France: Bastia
On the northeast coast of Corsica, at the base of the Corps Peninsula, is the main port and the most successful commercial center of the island – Bastia city (Bastia).
Founded by the Genuses approximately in the XII century at the place of the Roman settlement, it still has a much greater influence than the official capital of Ayachcho. Old quarters, known as Terra-Vecchye, include a compact urban center with many baroque churches and high residential buildings. A little more than the young district of Terra Nova lies on the opposite side of the old port and is a markedly more neat part of the city, because it has long turned into a fashionable center of Bastia. The city is small, and all of its sights can be easily viewed in the day even without using the car.
Center of the modern city – Saint-Nicola, From where you can easily reach the two main commercial streets of modern Bastia – Boulevard Paoli and Rue Cesar-Campinchi, to get out to the tiny Old port with him forever scored by Marina and picturesque yachts "Multi-storey" XVIII century, as well as to Citadel and Quarters Terra-Vecchya.
The old port is the most photogenic part of the city: take-off the winding of the building seems to be slightly inclined to water and reflected in the corps of numerous boats and yachts, while the south side remains in the shade of a large rock that supports massive citadel. It is also worth seeing the luxuriously decorated Genoese Chapel on Rue Napoleon – Oratouwar de Saint-Rosh (1604 g.) and Oratuar de L’Immakule-Concepcion (1611 G.).
Over the south side of the central square of the Old Town – Place de L’Hotel-de-Ville – dominates a huge building Saint-Jean Baptist Church. Built in 1636, it was restored in the XVIII century in a fairly alay imitation style Rococo. Around the church and the oldest part of the Bastia begins – the most picturesque network of dark alleys, stairs, arches, narrow streets and seven-story buildings that can be safely considered the first living "skyscrapers" Mediterranean. Nearby are Jesuit Saint Charles Church (Favorite sediments for local lovers), beautiful house Meson de Karaffa With a strikingly elegant balcony, lying in the area of Terra Nova Palace of Governor (XIV B., Restored after the destruction of World War II for more than 50 years) with a good one in his wing Ethnographic museum.
Just above the rue notre-dame can be released Church Saint-Marie (1458 g., rebuilt in the XVII in.), more than two centuries of the executable function of the main Cathedral of Corsica, as well as to the lying behind her small chapel Oratouwar de Saint-Cra (XVI B.). And one of the most extraordinary monuments of bastards – Orataire de Monserato – can be seen almost two kilometers from the city center. Outwardly, this chapel looks quite unpretentious, but its interior, especially the Santa rock (the exact copy of the basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome) is considered a unique model of the Middle Ages church art.
Overflowing in the summer period of the city of Bastia deserves visits only in case of extreme thrust to the sea. Much more pleasant and quiet place – Long Beach Llanella in Montezoro, just 1 km south of urban traits. And the best are considered the beaches of a 16-kilometer coast as a pine forest La Maran, Starting in 6 km south of the city, as well as the shores of the biggest lagoon on the island – Ethan de Bigul, who are also a paradise for migratory birds.
Around the city
South of the lagoon lie the ruins of the Roman city Mariana, founded in 93 BC. NS. as a military colony. Lying almost close to the ruins of the city Church of Santa Maria-Assunta, Also known as La Canonika (1119 g.) is the most beautiful of approximately three hundred churches built by Pisa’s immigrants on Corsica. And just 300 meters south of her, another ancient church rises – San Partea, Built in the XI-XII centuries on the site of ancient pagan necropolis.