A few miles from Calvi, on the northwest coast of Corsica, the site of Notre Dame de la Serra is awesome ... What a feeling when I arrived! An extraordinary panorama opened before me. From there it dominates the Gulf of Calvi. You can see the citadel, the port of Calvi with the comings and goings of the ferries. You can distinguish the different shades of color of the sea, giving the impression of watching a picture! To the left the mountain with rocks and shrubs. A chapel is in the center of the site along with a statue of the virgin pure white, welcoming visitors. Both date from 1950. It is a calm and relaxed, I stood there for a moment to contemplate the vastness of the landscape that lay before me. A little further down there is a small road that allows access to the site of Notre Dame de la Serra walk from Calvi. A unique experience, the images are still in my memory.
Porto Vecchio, situated on the southeast coast of Corsica, is a coastal town which offers many tourist attractions. There are also many magnificent beaches around the city and its historic center. The Church is situated in the center of the city, it is named after the patron saint of Porto Vecchio. Its construction was completed in the 19th Century ... When the inhabitants of the countryside came to the city they wanted to reconnect with the same architecture of their churches. The bell tower of the church of San Juan Bautista is thus a replica of Quenza city, the "capital" of the country they left behind. However, the church was not finished at all: it was missing two columns and a patio that were part of the original design. But the church was built as we see it today thanks to the donations of the inhabitants, and the lack of money which limited the project. But it doesn´t matter, I was totally fascinated by the beauty of its architecture. Also worth seeing, just opposite, is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which was built in the 17th Century, and belongs to the unique Corsican brotherhood Porto Vecchio.
Bastia lies just before the Cap Corse, in the north of the island of beauty, and is full of surprises. Among them, the chapels of the brotherhoods of Corsican. A real insight into the history of these companies is around common values. They have a goal of helping the community and helping the needy, giving them food, also organized burials, with songs and gifts. It is a cultural link with the population. We discovered the "Oratory of the Immaculate Conception", dedicated to the Virgin, and belonging to the guild of craftsmen of wood. The inside of the chapel is decorated with carved wood, which gives it a warm feeling. This chapel was also used as a church, and there is a confessional behind a wooden door to the right . The door is hidden in the wall, so that it can only be seen in the light. At the entrance, the atrium is made with mosaics, a type of flooring typical of the chapels.
True emblem of the city of Bastia in Corcega, the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste above the old port, is easily recognizable with its two steeples. It is difficult to see on foot, due to the maze of streets. The church can be seen perfectly from the Citadel and the Quays of the Old Port. There we discovered orange facades dating from the baroque era, since the building was built in the seventeenth century. Known as the largest church in Corcega its worth a stop along the way to see it.
The south wing of the chapel was built by the order of Napoleon III with inheritance money from the Cardinal. The goal was for it to be the imperial family's mausoleum. The building built in 1860 is classified as a historical monument and is not very impressive from the outside. The neo-Renaissance stone stands out the most. The most interesting part is the crypt which is circular inside and holds the ashes of the most prominent members of the family. The altar and stained glass are also impressive. Unfortunately the remains of Napoleon aren't here, they are in Paris. It is expected to reopen in 2012, is currently closed for maintenance.