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The Church of virgin Mary: photo, description (Pro-cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bastia)

Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean sea belonging to France. Its administrative center is the city of Ajaccio, however, until 1791 it was the capital city of Bastia, located in the North-Eastern part of the island and founded by the Genoese in 1380. The Genoese Republic held Corsica until 1768, and their influence is reflected in the architectural style of ancient buildings, preserved to this day.

Is, for example, to note the former Cathedral of Bastia, the Church of the virgin Mary, located in the heart of the medieval citadel. The first building on this spot dates back to 1495, but in the early XVII century the Church was virtually rebuilt in the style of Genoese Baroque. Especially frilly turned its Western facade, completed in the years 1660-1670. It consists of two clearly defined levels and three graceful Gables. The Church also added a square bell tower, completed in 1620.

The temple has three naves. Its interior amazes with its wealth: many decorative elements made of gold and marble. Overall, the Cathedral is a Prime example of the typical style of the Italian Baroque, common and on mainland Italy.

Behind the Church is a small chapel of the Holy cross, known for its ornate interior. Here is one of the city's shrines is a small statue of Christ the miracle worker. According to legend, she was caught in the Mediterranean sea, local fishermen in 1428.

Until 1802 the house of virgin Mary served as the main Cathedral of Bastia, and here was placed the center of the now-defunct diocese of Marianna. Then the Church lost its high status. Now it's just one of the city's parish churches.

In 2000, the former Cathedral of the virgin Mary in the city of Bastia has received the status of a monument of history and culture of France.