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Eminent words from: Pasquale Paoli

‘More political combinations were attributed to me than I had. My system was very simple: to have general interests prevail over private interests, equality in all its forms was the basic principle, national honour and the improvement of everybody’s fate – purpose and result. These are the secrets of our government.’
Pasquale Paoli
Source: Storia di Corsica / Histoire de Corse
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What’s the particularity of —-> CASTIFAO ?

Castifao is located north of the island, just above the Tartagine forest and 2km from Moltifao – at 541m above sea level, also near the Regional Nature Reserve.
Since the Antiquity, this little village was famous for its honey and cereals, once called Castifago or Castifalo, becoming Castifao, which means ‘castle of honey’. Flax, silkworms, and the exploitation of mines and quarries were also very much part of daily occupations.
The village itself appears to have developed around an early populated site, as evidence of a prehistoric habitat was found at Roja or the megalith of ‘I Cuntratorri’.
What to note:
There’s a tower that dates back to 1595, fountains, churches, old ovens and a well known convent that became a historical monument in 1979 (whose church dates back to 1750) – the ...
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Introducing: The Senetosa Lighthouse

Built on Cape Senetosa, south of the Valinco Gulf (Propriano), in the district of Sartène. This lighthouse dates back to 1889, when the actual work began, being designed by an engineer named Zevaco. And, it would be on May 15th, 1892, that it would finally ‘light up’.
An original and isolated lighthouse, with two turrets of 15m in height framing the main building – which add to the remarkable shape of this lighthouse. The body of the building is made of stone, and each of the towers have a precise function; one for the white flashing light of a lantern, and the other with red screens serving to project an area towards dangerous directions. Originally fuelled with mineral oil, but this changed in 1906, when petroleum steam was adopted.
Then, in 1988, the Senetosa lighthouse became automa...
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A few words on: The archaeological site of Cauria Rinaghju

We already know from information being constantly updated, that the island currently has more than a thousand menhirs – the majority of which are located in southern Corsica, (and especially around the region of Sartène).
The alignments of Cauria (I Stantari and Rinaghju), are megalithic monuments menhirs, stelae and menhir statues of granite. On the archaeological site of Cauria, stands one of the most emblematic and best preserved dolmens in the whole of Corsica.                               
Witnesses of human occupation, and some even dating back to over 6000 years, these alignments which are located today in organised agricultural activities, highlight the different occupational phases of the site...
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Have you heard about the Baraccone ? for which specific techniques were required

The ‘Baraccone’ found in Corsica (Bories in French), date for the most from the second half of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They are not prior to the eighteenth century. Their architecture, in forms of a beehive or nave, can reach several metres in height. These huts built mainly by farmers and breeders, are of dry stone and call for specific techniques for their construction.

The arch or barrel vault, is well known; each stone is wedged between two neighbouring stones, and therefore cannot fall out. But, this technique requires wooden hangers. And, because of the cost, it is excluded for constructions as modest as dry stone huts...
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