Category Heritage

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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Imposing/Impressive Genoese Towers

Important features, the Genoese Towers can be spotted immediately upon arrival    Back Camera

For they are prominent monuments implanted on all sides of the island, literally trimming the shores. Dating back to Genoese Corsica, these towers were erected at strategic points for supervision of the island as regards to eventual invasion, over the 15th/17th centuries. Imposing, legendary and picturesque, their role was to monitor the 1,000 km of coastline. Architectural heritage? there are those who have questionned their existence amidst the natural relief, personally I find their historical charm, stature and isolation – haunting, in spite of their reminder of Genoese oppression...

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An Introductory Glimpse of Historical Corsica

Corse_type_de_vieilles_femmes WikimediaDistinguished by conquests and assaults throughout its history, Corsica bears its scars with pride – one look at the island’s history immediately demonstrates the ongoing and relentless attempts and successes for domination and acquisition, and this has largely contributed to maintaining the very soul of the people. With a length of 183 km by 83km, and surface size: 8 680km2, this island thrones with her summits achieving over 2700m, and is the third largest island in the western Mediterranean, situated relatively near to Italy (only 90km)...

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