Category Heritage

Valentine’s Mausoleum in Pino, admirable

Mausolée de Valentine (fille de Eiffel) à Pino (fotocommunity LichtSchattenSuc)

Valentine Piccioni (no other than the daughter of Gustave Eiffel), married a Corsican, Camille Piccioni in 1890, they had two children, Marcel and Jean. The Piccioni family, known as one of the oldest and most distinguished families in Corsica.

Now, this is her mausoleum in the town of Pino (Cap Corse), an admirable structure – I have yet to visit it, as I find it holds tremendous beauty and quite frankly, fascinates me – maybe it’s the powerful pressure of atmosphere, it appears to dominate the surroundings, bathing in history and remaining omnipresent, along with a certain settling into the natural surroundings of towering trees and dense bush – this, takes my breath away and I’m certainly looking forward to this visit over the summer months.

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Convent of Corbara, a haven of peace

St Jean Corbara

Solid religious representation has left its mark all over this incomparable island. The Convent of Corbara is once again a fine example of the alliance between Corsica and religion. Situated between the mountains and the sea, towards the north of the island, in the heart of the Balagne – this picturesque site ensures serenity,  harmony, prayer and hospitality. Dating back to 1430 and is the largest illustration to be found, where Pascal Paoli is said to have visited many times, often accompanied by friends. Guy de Maupassant also made a halt here, amongst others, and wrote one of his articles.

Having been registered to both the Dominicans and the Franciscans through the past, it is today occupied and run by the Brothers of St. John...

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Cargèse – otherwise known as ‘The Greek Village’

Cargèse Jean-Louis Delbende

This is not a random choice of village I choose to tell you about

I vividly remember my first visit there and how I was completely drawn to its particularity. Right in the heart of the village, on the outskirts, overlooking the floral countryside and valley, one comes face to face with two churches standing right opposite each other : Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic – in the midst of overlooking trees and in total harmony.

I recall catching my breath and just gasping. Situated 100 meters above sea level, it seemed so natural and yet so singular. Cargèse was founded at the end of the 18th century, by Greek immigrants, having been chased by the Turks – whereupon their descendants build their own church, whilst the Corsicans built theirs...

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A reflection on man and his existence, when you enter Filitosa ..

Filitosa (Alta-Frequenza)Classified prehistorical – when you decide to stroll through Filitosa, you are entering the Megalithic period and the beginning of the Bronze Age

Overlooking a valley (the Taravo), and situated on a hill, it was only in 1946 that this prehistorical site was discovered. Menhirs and monuments capturing full attention, as they impose their presence through this olive grove, where the remains and reminders of the past hover and dwell beneath a platform exhibiting the existence of a small Torrean village. Sensing the presence of the past, the imposing vestige suggests being guided by the menhirs which lead you to a central monument. It would seem that the pottery dates back as early as 3300 BC, whereas the first menhirs were erected around 1500 BC.

Sculpted human appearance and arms, composed o...

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Fountains of life and guardians of history

Back CameraOrnate and often original, they hold a representative importance throughout the island

No matter where you wander, you will notice one or more fountains in every village – both functional and social as they not only supplied the village with the necessary water, but also contributed to the communal activity within. Many a meeting/gathering took place around the fountain, many a story related too – they remain a symbol, more so of the past but continue to intrigue and contribute to the beauty of the villages even today. Inevitably, a certain number have run dry, although remaining a minority, one can still admire the handiwork achieved.

It has been said that the history of Corsica ‘is graved in stone’, what a suitable phrase as regards to its fountains, one might also say...

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