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Sainte Marie Majeure Church

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Sainte Marie Majeure Church

Baroque , it is painted in pink and beige and is located in Lowertown , its square opening on the rue Clemenceau . In 1774, to meet the needs of a growing population , Calvi built the church dedicated to St. Mary . Its construction was completed at the end of the nineteenth century. According to hagiographic legend , many Christians have been martyred there by order of the Emperor Diocletian. Among the victims Restituta , a rich Roman patrician who, having lived in Libya , had fled to Calvi. Pyrrhus , the prefect of Corsica and Sardinia, had been arrested, tried and torturing long before being beheaded on May 21 St. 304 . Patron Balagne , his ashes now rest in the Chapel of St. Restitude Calenzana where the Carrara marble sarcophagus was unearthed in 1951. On Good Friday , the Granitula procession retracing the long ordeal of Christ carrying his cross, and that starts at the cathedral in the citadel , pauses at the Church of St. Mary Major in which it enters. Then the brothers spin a long time on the forecourt before returning to the cathedral. Christmas Eve on the front of the church , a place u fucone traditional fire until the birth of Christ. This collective ritual takes place in many villages of the island. In summer , the square is entirely occupied by the terraces of two eateries that border . The Church of St. Mary is a listed historic monument. (source: Tourism Office Balagne )

Sainte Marie Majeure Church
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