This could very well be the oldest image of San Fiurenzu (Saint Florent)

A rare picture, published just last January, which seems to be the oldest photograph of San Fiurenzu (Saint-Florent)  known to this day

                                                                                         Storia di San Fiurenzu (plus vieille image)


One notices immediately that the Strada Nova is not yet built (buildings built in the eighteenth century and are
now at several meters from the sea, but had once upon a time their feet in the water) – however, it will be achieved between 1892 and 1896 to facilitate trade through the port.


But what is most interesting is the presence in this photograph of the defensive system protecting the entrance to the village: “a torra” (right) supporting one of the city gates still operating in the 1860’s and defensive
walls closing the southern part of San Fiurenzu to make a proper stronghold.


All these defences will eventually be lost in 1865 when the state sold the military terrain (the ditches at the Citadel for example) and many buildings were built. 
In 1865, San Fiurenzu was to undergo an unprecedented expansion phase, leading to the development of the ‘Place des Portes’ as of 1878, and the creation of new districts.    

Source: Storia di San Fiurenzu  Copyright ©

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