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Bastia: an art and historical town

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The town of Bastia was born in 1378 when the Genovese governor Leonello Lomellini left the castle of Biguglia to move into a fortress " Bastia " . This site overlooked a fishing harbour, then called Porto Cardo (the actual Old Harbour (le vieux port). His successors remained in this residence. After the move of the Genovese citizens and the building of new walls protecting the habitat,Terra Nova (new land) was born (now the Citadel) .The former Porto Cardo (the old harbour) was then called:Terra Vecchia (old land). The walls were built in 1480 and it was completed only fifty years later in 1530, overlooking the old tower, it was then called: the Palace of the Governors. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries , the upper town follows the tradition of Genovese cities checkerboard and straight streets . Many religious orders are created and an intense cultural life develops. From the late eighteenth century , the thriving city and its population grew significantly. During the nineteenth century, the city extends to the north and in the hills . The urban landscape is now changing : the construction of the courthouse , extension of Place Saint Nicolas , bourgeois constructions of many buildings along wide boulevards . A few dates: 1378: The Genovese governor Leonello Lomellini leaves the castle Biguglia and settles into a fortress "Bastia" he had built it overlooking the Old Port then called Porto Cardo promontory. 1480: The walls are completed. 1530: The Palace of the Governors is completed. 16th &17th centuries: During those two centuries, many brotherhoods emerge and a rich cultural and artistic life develops. 1768 Corsica became French and Genovese domination ends. 1794: The English took possession of the city for two years. 1796: Bastia becomes the head of the department of Golo. 19th century: During the nineteenth century, the prosperous city grows to the north and in the hills. 20th century: In the early twentieth century, the new port is completed and the city continues its expansion into neighborhoods Toga and Saint Joseph. The heart of the city then has the appearance that can be seen today. Bastia Tourist Office

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