The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bastia + the De Morati-Gentili Chapel in San Fiurenzu

Notre dame de Lourdes (Bastia tempi fà)The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bastia:
Thanks to donations from Count Sébastien Grégori, the building started in 1913 and was inaugurated on December 3rd 1916 by the Bishop of Ajaccio, Augustin Simeone before being consecrated, and the inscription was placed on top of the lateral door on March 4th, 1917. It had been built to become the new port’s district parish church, which was in full expansion at the end of the XIX century.

Affected by the bombings of 1943, the vault and the original stained glass windows were lost, and only the dominating statue of Our Lady of Lourdes remaining intact in the grotto. At the end of the war, it was restored and reopened on June 30th, 1946.

The first parish priest and founder Canon Eugène Leschi, lies in rest in the crypt, behind St. Bernadette Soubirous.

The De Morati-Gentili Chapel in San Fiurenzu: Chapels Storia di San F

Over the XIX centuries, the construction of sepulchral chapels in the region (and especially in Cape Corsica) left magnificent testimonies of what linked certain Corsican families with the hereafter. In San Fiurenzu, one can mention the chapel of the De Morati-Gentili family, located in the west facade of the Cathedral of Nebbiu, build in 1859 for the family of Antoine Gentili (a stately family from Nonza, Antoine Gentili being the nephew of the famous General Gentili, buried in the Cathedral).

The arms of both families can be observed on the two pillars supporting the impressive portal.


Sources: Bastia Tempi Fà, Storia di San Fiurenzu
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